EU Must Look at Trump ‘Seriously and Quietly,’ Gramegna Says

Europe should look at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump “very seriously and quietly” as he builds his administration and hones his policies, Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna said.

“President Trump has made a lot of promises in the campaign, but since the day he was elected, the words he chooses and the ideas he defends are pronounced in a more calm way,” Gramegna said in interview with Bloomberg TV from Frankfurt. “Obviously he is giving himself a presidential look.”

Other European officials also have indicated that Europe is trying to figure out how Trump as president will compare with Trump on the campaign trail. Policymakers across the continent are “wondering about the causes of his election, and of course its consequences,” European Union Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Monday.

“Everyone is trying to decrypt Donald Trump’s personality, his views and his policy objectives on global matters such as trade or foreign affairs,” Moscovici said in speech at Harvard University in the U.S. “We need to remain open-minded, just as we also need to remain vigilant.”

EU foreign ministers have indicated the 28-nation bloc wants to cooperate with new U.S. administration while vowing to stand by international agreements that Trump has questioned, including ones to curb climate change and ease sanctions on Iran. Following an extraordinary meeting in Brussels Sunday evening, the ministers also signaled a determination to maintain their opposition to Russia’s encroachment in eastern Ukraine.

“Luxembourg and all European countries are eager to work with the new president,” Gramegna said. “And he has said that he wants to cooperate with all the countries and I’m very pleased to hear that.”

Europe “is the closest business partner of the United States,” Gramegna said in the interview. “I’m not worried about that. We have to continue to work together,” he said.

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