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Viorica Dancila, Donald Trump's little poodle who betrays the European spirit

(B2) The remarks of the Romanian Prime Minister, Viorica Dancila, in Washington announcing the move of the Romanian embassy to Jerusalem (read: The Romanian government announces the move of its embassy to Israel. An embarrassing 'see you soon in Jerusalem') is a serious act. A betrayal of the letter and spirit of a presidency of the European Union.

The Prime Minister greeting her AIPAC audience (credit: PM Romania)

A serious breach of European solidarity

This act is serious. It reveals multiple betrayals. On the one hand, the Prime Minister announces a decision abroad as taken. This is causing some commotion in Romania. The president being, constitutionally, the decision-maker in this matter. On the other hand, it deliberately breaks a common European position, repeated many times, whether by Foreign Ministers or the Heads of State and Government of the '28' (1). A position which can be summed up in an axiom: Jerusalem will be the captain of two States, at the end of a peace process, or will not be a capital.

A betrayal of the neutral role of the EU presidency

But above all, as President of the Union in office, the Romanian Prime Minister exceeds her duties. His remarks to American Jewish associations were well assured (and presented) as 'presidency of the Council of the European Union in office'. Viorica Dancila should have instead had the courage to express the European position - the refusal to move the capitals to Jerusalem until a peace agreement was concluded - and put her opinions, personal or official, under a bushel. The closing words of his speech 'see you soon in Jerusalem' is too much.

A sweet Donald Trump doggie

By doing this, she undoubtedly wanted to be seen not only by the Israelis but especially by Donald Trump and the hardest clan of Republicans. This act is a serious deviation and a betrayal of the role assigned to the presidency of the EU. V. Dancila has, as a result, lost a good part of his credibility on the European and international scene.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(1) Explicitly at the European summit in December 2017 (read: Jerusalem: at the European Council, the 28 reiterate their position).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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