US - EU relations in Trump era remain uncertain
BRUSSELS (APP): European Union foreign ministers insisted on Sunday they expected good relations with Donald Trump, after a crisis meeting that Britain, France and Hungary snubbed in a move that exposed rifts over the US president-elect.
The ministers said they wanted more details about Republican Trump's plans following his shock election win, which has sparked anxiety in Europe due to his campaign-trail rhetoric questioning US commitment to the continent.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called the special dinner on the eve of a scheduled meeting of the ministers, but some capitals criticsed the decision to have an emergency meeting on a democratic election result in a key ally.
"We are looking forward to a very strong partnership with the next administration, we've decided together to engage with the incoming administration even from this very first week of transition," Mogherini told reporters afterwards.
"It's not up to us... it's up to the next US administration to define to define their own position," she said following the two-and-a-half hour meeting.
"For the moment it's not a wait and see attitude we can afford having, because the world goes on, Europe goes on, crisis goes on, but also opportunities we can take go on," she said.