European countries have a long history of feuding with the US on the issues of defense and security, author and former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told RT. But Europe still needs Washington’s help, she said.

Berlin growing more annoyed with the US is “nothing new,” Kneissl explained. She recalled how Trump blasted his European allies for not spending enough on defense at the contentious 2018 NATO summit in Brussels. A decade earlier, there were “harsh debates” among European states over whether to join an American-led invasion of Iraq, the diplomat said.

On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that it is “no longer self-evident” that the US would defend the EU, and the EU must find “the right answer” to that. Merkel made her remarks several weeks after Trump unexpectedly promised to withdraw nearly 10,000 US troops from Germany, while accusing Berlin of not compensating Washington enough for protection.

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