Europe’s interests are always secondary to those of the United States, says Antonio Tajani
Europe needs strong leaders, like former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to make its voice heard on the world stage, Italy’s foreign minister told La Stampa newspaper on Wednesday.
“There are too many jealousies, too many leaders” said Antonio Tajani, arguing that Europe ended up serving the world instead of pursuing its own interests, and that “even Germany, the strongest country [in Europe], fails to impose itself. A Merkel is missing.
During the interview, he was asked if he thought Europe was “too weak,” to which he responded by explaining that “Europe has no real foreign or defense policy… We always come after the Americans,” adding that this has been the case since 1954.
He went on to insist that the European Union do everything in its power to prevent the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. “Neither NATO nor Europe, which have a duty to help Ukraine, are at war with Russia,” Tajani said, expressing his hope that the “aggressive statements” coming from the Kremlin are simply “Propaganda” and that there is no real will to raise the tone of the confrontation.
The minister argued that while it is important to continue sending arms to Ukraine, it is also vital to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict, which has been raging since last February, or at least establish a truce. Tajani describes herself as “not optimistic about the near future” while believing “It’s not worth giving up” adding that he asked Türkiye to do everything possible to organize negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv.
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