The head of the European Commission accused the US government on Wednesday (31 May) of seeking bilateral trade deals with individual member states and said he would block any such attempt to break the bloc’s unified position on trade.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the Americans were adopting a “cold shoulder” towards the Commission which negotiates trade on behalf of the whole bloc.
“They say: ‘We do not want to negotiate with you as a European Union but with each member state separately,’” Juncker stated.
Indeed, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Donald Trump in March, a senior German politician was quoted as saying that the US president repeatedly asked her about signing a bilateral trade deal. She reportedly told him that Germany was part of the EU single market and consequently, such an accord could only be negotiated by the Union.
“We cannot allow individual (trade) agreements between the Americans and individual …