PM of Malta: EU concerned about some decisions by US Admin.

The UK and U.S. are among a handful of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to meet the pledge of spending 2% of GDP on defence and Downing Street said the Prime Minister will use the gathering to tell her counterparts they need to deliver on their commitments so the "burden is more fairly shared".

The not-so-subtle back-and-forths continued on Friday as Chancellor Merkel said at the Malta Summit that "Europe is on top of the agenda for me and not talking about other parts of the world".

The British prime minister briefed her European counterparts about her White House meeting with the property tycoon, Trump's first face-to-face with a world leader since he took office in January.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's most powerful leader, has taken a firm line against him, saying that she will work with the United States only when Germany's values align.

"A lot of Europeans see this as, essentially, the United Kingdom trying to use the deal to blackmail the EU into giving lots of concessions to the United Kingdom and they don't take it kindly", he said. "I don't think there is a necessity for a bridge".

He said most EU leaders don't appreciate May cozying up to the new president, who has just been described by the head of the European Council as one of the major threats to the future of the EU - along with China, Russia and radical Islam. While Trump's "America First" policy is aimed at offsetting the economic decline of USA imperialism by military means, the European Union is reacting to the deep political, economic and social divisions in Europe with the militarization of the continent in both domestic and foreign policy. She repeated her statement from the middle of January that Europe has "its fate in its own hands". "We must not imagine some sort of external protection", he added.

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Donald Trump should butt out of "European life", French President Francois Hollande said, as European Union leaders warned they wouldn't let the new US administration undermine their values.

Mr Hollande said: 'Those who want to forge bilateral ties with the U.S. are of course well understood by the public.

The European Council President Donald Tusk is to seek re-election for a second term, next EU Summit in March.

Trump, a Republican who took office proclaiming USA exceptionalism , attempted to reassure Americans on Thursday. We need to make this clear to our American friends.

The far-right turmoil is "not only a threat which is caused by Mr. Trump, " Kern said on his way into the meeting.

But the summit's host, Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat said the 28 national leaders had voiced "concern" over some of Mr Trump's decisions and attitudes and agreed that it was time for the European Union to "lead at a global level". But they never believed he was actively campaigning for the destruction of a political and economic union that has enjoyed bipartisan U.S. support ever since World War II.

  • Ronnie Bowen