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Trump’s Iran nuclear decision ends era in U.S.-Europe ties

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LONDON – Does Europe still have a partner, a big brother across the water? One which can be a scold, a nag, an annoyance, a puzzle — but which has always been there for it? A partner that is also a protector, with a military and security network of unrivaled power and reach? Is the United States still that partner?

That’s been the question of anxious, angry commentators all over Europe since U.S. President Donald Trump announced last week that he would cease to support the nuclear agreement with Iran signed by China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom as well as the U.S.

Edward Luce in the Financial Times put it bluntly: “History may recall it as the day the U.S. abandoned its belief in allies. … For the first time in decades, the U.S. is acting without a European partner.” France’s Le Monde says that Trump is obsessed with undoing everything achieved by his predecessor and that Trump’s “absurd” decision will have a “devastating effect” on the Middle East.

Franco Venturini in Italy’s Corriere della Sera wrote of a White House that has “opened a wound hard to heal.” On Germany’s Deutsche Welle channel, security analyst Markus Kaim noted that German, French and British companies would be harmed by the sanctions as well.

The U.S. and Europe have had other differences, which in their time were termed crises. In 1956, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower forced British, French and........

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