The Iranian crisis shows that the European Union does not have a united foreign policy, which will affect other areas such as trade and defense.
Just a few weeks after the new team took power in Brussels and Emmanuel Macron’s now-famous interview for “The Economist”, in which he announced “the brain death of NATO”, the Iranian crisis has revealed the EU’s true role in the world.
At the point of highest tension between the United States and Iran after the Americans killed Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the EU representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, invited the head of Iranian diplomacy, Mohamed Javid Zarif, to Brussels.
Their talks never took place, as the Iranians realized that Borrell doesn’t actually represent anyone, and the EU never came up with a joint response to the crisis.
Macron, who until recently wanted to be the “mediator” between Washington and Tehran, called Iranian PM Adil Abd al-Mahdi after Soleimani’s death to assure him of French support for “Iranian sovereignty.”