Catherine Colonna says bloc members should be less preoccupied with American election results
Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. © Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Europe needs greater autonomy from the US in order to stop worrying so much about the outcome of elections the, the French foreign minister has argued. Catherine Colonna also stressed that trans-Atlantic ties should remain strong.
In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper published on Saturday, Colonna was asked for her views on the US midterm elections. The minister described the race as “interesting,” noting that the Republicans have not performed as well as predicted.
The diplomat highlighted Europe’s reaction to the results, saying: “if [they] do not want to be held in suspense at each American election, they must find the path to greater autonomy,” although this “does not mean greater distance from the United States.”
In the interview, Colonna noted that France and Germany are seeking to further strengthen their partnership, and that President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Olaf Scholz see the Franco-German alliance as “a driving force for Europe.”