Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Federica Mogherini: Europe will have ‘new relationship’ with US – POLITICO

Federica Mogherini: Europe will have ‘new relationship’ with US – POLITICO: Political conflict in the U.S. is a threat to stability worldwide, Europe’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini warned on the back of her first meeting with Donald Trump’s administration.

“I have never seen the U.S. so polarized, so divided and so ridden with conflict,” Mogherini told Die Welt in an interview published Wednesday, referring to her mid-February trip to Washington, D.C. “When the largest democracy in the world shows these kinds of tensions, that can be a destabilizing factor for the rest of the world.”

Mogherini met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and then national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has since resigned after revelations he was in contact with the Kremlin during Trump’s campaign.

There will be an increasing number of issues on which Europe and the U.S. take different positions but, she said, “this is no drama.”