Effective multilateral framework is needed to tackle global issues, says Minister
G7 summit – Reply by Mme Nathalie Loiseau, Minister of European Affairs, to a question in the Senate
Paris, 12 June 2018
You’re right, the G7 summit ended badly and we regret this. Important work had been done, an agreement had been reached on a text; it’s never a good thing to go back on a signed agreement.
I’d like to share with you two firm beliefs. The first is that we need an effective multilateral framework to deal with major global issues – be it trade, the climate, health or terrorism. We need this, as does the United States. In the absence of a multilateral framework, the law of the jungle prevails and no one wins.
My second firm belief is that the United States is our partner and ally. Our shared history, the blood we shed together and our shared values testify to this. But being allies doesn’t mean keeping quiet about differences of opinion, and with President Trump’s administration we have differences of opinion. We don’t agree on trade, on the nuclear agreement with Iran, on the Paris Agreement or on Jerusalem, and we say so.
Against this background, with an ally we’ve also got to be united, united within the European Union and assert our own interests. The alliance doesn’t preclude us – quite the contrary – from asserting our interests in a national capacity and a European one. This is what we’re doing by deciding on retaliatory measures and safeguard measures in response to the United States’ unilateral measure to introduce customs tariffs on steel and aluminium; it’s what we’re doing by reforming the 1996 blocking statute and by remaining in the nuclear agreement with Iran. We need a more united, stronger and more sovereign Europe; this is what President Macron proposed and what we’re working on./.