Austrian chancellor calls US ‘unpredictable,’ brands EU not fully capable of acting despite Europe’s ‘unbelievable success’
Washington has become an increasingly unreliable partner for its European allies, Austrias Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said, adding that the European Union remains a weak player on the world stage.
“The balance of power is shifting internationally,” Kurz told lawmakers as he presented his new government, formed after his conservative People’s Party struck a coalition deal with the Greens.
The US still remains the strongest military and economic power in the world but it has become an unpredictable partner for us.
The chancellor admitted that America’s global dominance is continuously being challenged by other resurgent powers like China. Ties with Russia, Austria's "largest neighbor to the east" have been also stirred up.
Yet, Europe, which is still tightly aligned with its partner across the pond, would hardly win anything in this situation if its relations with America’s rivals stay the same, he noted.
Speaking of Europe’s position on the global stage, Kurz said that despite being “unbelievably successful,” the EU still lacks courage to act decisively and independently with regards to international relations.When it comes to these international issues, the European Union is sometimes “weak and not fully capable of acting,” he said.