This was not a week like all others. With the election of Donald Trump the United States enter a totally different phase, which still has to take shape, especially in the field of foreign policy. We will begin to work with the next administration as soon as it takes office, and we will start working with the Transitions in the coming weeks, on the basis of our European interests and values. We will do so in a spirit of friendship, because our relationship with the United States is deeper than any political shift, but also knowing that Europe’s policies are not decided in Washington: more and more, we have the responsibility to play the role of an “indispensable power” for peace and security in our region and the world. I talked about this with Christiane Amanpour on CNN and with the Deutsche Welle yesterday in Bonn, where I received the International Democracy Prize.
To be up to the task, it will be essential to build together a real Union of security and defence. On Monday I will present to the European Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence our plan to strengthen cooperation in this sector. We need a stronger Europe of security to prevent the next crisis, to create opportunities for our region’s youth, to help our neighbours grow. This is what I said in the last few days at the NATO Industry Forum together with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and at the Annual Conference of the European Defence Agency (both videos are linked).
On Monday, at the Foreign Affairs Council, we will also discuss Turkey, after the detention of several members of the second-biggest opposition party, including the party’s co-chairs. Here are our reactions, the one I issued immediately together with the Commissioner for Enlargement Hahn, and the statement I made on behalf of the Twenty-eight Member States.