The Guardian: EU ministers meet to discuss Trump presidency
UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson boycotts informal meeting to discuss US president-elect’s policy pledges
The election of Donald Trump as US president will act as a spur to Europe to co-operate more on defence, European leaders said on Sunday, as foreign ministers gathered for a special dinner in Brussels to discuss the implications of Trump’s stunning victory for European security, and the EU’s relations with Russia, Iran and Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.
In a symbolic display of independence from Europe, the UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, was not attending the informal dinner, called at short notice, saying the meeting was not necessary. The foreign office said European leaders had been due to meet on Sunday anyway for a two-day general affairs council.
The French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, was not due to be there either because he had a commitment to meet the new UN secretary general, António Guterres, in Paris on Monday.
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