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The EU is standing up to Trump: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. EU wants to address trade imbalance with the US

The EU wants to address its increasingly imbalanced trade relationship with the US at the upcoming G7 summit. French President Emmanuel Macron looks to lead Europe’s defensive strategy against a trade-heavy White House agenda that has pushed the continent into a variety of uncomfortable disagreements. Trump may not like this approach, and his reaction is unlikely to be positive, but the EU remains hopeful.

2. Tusk attacks Trump

In a move that further stirs tensions between the parties before the G7 summit, as Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, announced that “under no condition” will the EU agree to Trump’s suggestion to invite Russia back into the G7. In fact, Ukraine may be invited as a guest to next year’s summit. “One year ago, in Canada, President Trump suggested reinviting Russia to G7, stating openly that Crimea’s annexation by Russia was partially justified and that we should accept this fact,” Tusk said. “Under no condition can we agree with this logic.” Officials from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom made similar comments earlier in the week. Tusk went on to explain: “When Russia was invited to G7 for the first time, it was believed that it would pursue the path of liberal democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Is there anyone among us, who can say with full conviction, not out of business calculation, that Russia is on that path?” This is certainly a negative preview to talks at the summit as tensions seem high.

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