(Persia Digest) - Iran’s former ambassador to Germany believes: “The absence of major European states in the Warsaw Summit is in line with demonstrating their independence from the US. However, their opposition to Iran’s missile program is a move to create a relative balance of policies between the European Union and Washington.”
Reuters claimed recently that diplomats from France, UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium have stressed in a meeting held at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that their relative states could no longer tolerate Iran’s missile tests and its assassination plots in Europe. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported that Federica Mogherini and a number of major EU members will probably not take part in an anti-Iranian summit which is to be held in Poland next month. What is the reason for Europe’s double standards?
Commenting on the question, Ali Majedi told Persia Digest (PD): “US-EU relations have faced some tensions during [Donald] Trump’s Administration; issues like the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and increased trade tariffs are some examples of these tensions. In fact, the US has always been seeking to damage the European Union and this is a policy which is presently pursued by Trump’s Administration.”
He added: “The US want to create a gap in the EU’s unified power and eliminate it by sowing discord among its member states over political and economic issues. However, this is not easily possible or perhaps is generally impossible since the two sides economic relations are intertwined. Therefore, when there is an opportunity where the EU member states have to make a decision by themselves and act based on their low-cost decision, their leaders use this opportunity to demonstrate their independence from the US. Based on this formula, the Poland Summit is an issue in which the EU states can act independently regardless of their economic ties with the US and can reject the White House invitation.”
The senior Iranian diplomat added: “The absence of major European states in the summit such as Germany and France will not cost them dear and it will eventually be in the interest of the Islamic Republic. In cases like the JCPOA, Europeans take a different position from the US; but, their hands are tied in economic situations. In fact, the European states cannot play so actively in such cases because, on the one hand, there is the US hegemony and the dominance of the dollar over the global financial system and, on the other hand, the European private sector is not necessarily pursuing the policies of their governments.”
Majedi noted: “The absence of major European states in Warsaw will show their relative independence to both the US and the entire world. But, we are also witnessing that a number of European diplomats express their dissatisfaction over Iran’s missile program in a meeting in Tehran with the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs. This can be interpreted completely contrary to their policy of not taking part in Warsaw [Summit]. Analyzing their moves, it should be said that it is a case of US-EU trading. The EU officials have decided to sit through Trump’s term in office by somehow managing their affairs.”
The former ambassador to Germany said: “Regrading my experiences in Berlin, I know that Germans are hoping that the Trump Administration will end in two years’ time; they are trying to somehow manage their differences with the US and the issue of “Iran” is one of the challenges between the two countries. The deep strategic relations between Europe and the US does not allow European states to constantly challenge the US. Hence, whenever power maneuvers have no cost, European states use the chance; their possible absence in the Poland Summit is one of those chances. However, regarding the issue of Iran’s missile program, they try to keep a relative balance with the US by implicitly supporting Washington’s approach to this end.”
Commenting on the impact of Iran’s anti-Israeli policy on Tehran-Berlin relations as well as on the implementation of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for trading with Iran, Majedi said: “Germany is sensitive to Iran’s anti-Israeli position and this is because of the history of relations between Germany and Israel. Therefore, this will be felt in Tehran-Berlin relations. As for the SPV, its implementation is not solely dependent on the Germany decision; therefore, this will have no negative impact on the fate of the SPV.”
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