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European Council President Donald Tusk expressed a frustration that’s been bubbling up across Europe this week when he said of President Trump, “with friends like that, who needs enemies?”
Why it matters: Outraged that Trump spurned their pleas on the Iran deal, fearing the prospect of U.S. sanctions on steel and aluminum and at odds with Trump on key issues like climate change and the U.S. embassy move in Israel, Europe’s leaders are warning they could go their own way.
This isn't the first time Trump has ruffled European feathers — calling NATO "obsolete" and leaving the Paris climate accord are other notable examples — but the Iran decision hit Europe both in the heart and in the wallet.
“The reaction is reflective of a sense in Europe that the Trump administration is really assaulting the values Europe is built on — multilateralism, cooperation and trade. In some ways it’s an emotional response.”— Erik Brattberg, director of the Carnegie Endowment's Europe program
So what is likely to come from the European outrage?
What to watch for...
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L ) and Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of China, at 2015 nuclear talks. Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images
We know where the U.S. and Europe stand, but GZERO Media's Gabe Lipton sized up the stakes for the other Iran deal signatories in the latest Signal newsletter:
China represents an economic and security lifeline for Iran, as its top trade partner and a large consumer of Iranian crude oil, while Iran is a crucial link in China’s expansive One Belt, One Road initiative.
Russia’s involvement in Iran is more oriented toward security issues — in Syria and across the region — than economics, and the threat of U.S. sanctions is nothing new for Moscow.
Kim departs from a summit with South Korea's president. Photo: Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images
North Korea's threat to cancel the June 12 Kim-Trump summit came amid concerns that agreements over joint military exercises and the framework for a potential deal weren't being followed, Harvard's John Park writes for Axios Expert Voices:
What's next: "North Korea's statement now puts the spotlight on Trump, who must decide between Bolton's approach and the summit. Early signs indicate that Trump will opt for the summit."
Two euroskeptic parties say they've agreed on conditions to form a new government in Italy, Martin Aguirre writes for Axios:
BJP members, including a man with a Modi mask, celebrate outside the Party office in Bengalaru, India. Photo: Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Four years in, and one year from the next general election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains highly popular despite not delivering the massive economic strides some expected, Axios' Erica Pandey writes.
Go deeper: Read the full report card.
John Della Volpe, Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, writes that new data shows "it is surprisingly not the Baby Boomers who gravitate toward multilateral foreign policy as a voting bloc; it’s ... the millennials."
"If the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit."— North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan
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