“That’s it, it’s over”: the submarine dispute, according to Borrell …

The EU’s foreign policy chief says there have been some misunderstandings and a lack of communication. “Let’s look ahead,” said Borrell.

The transatlantic submarine dispute has been resolved, according to the words of the European Union’s representative for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell. “There was an incident, there was some misunderstanding, there was a lack of communication,” Borrell told reporters during a visit to Washington on Friday. “It’s done, it’s over. Let’s look further.”

The submarine dispute had created a deep rift between France on the one hand and the United States and Australia on the other. The United States, Great Britain and Australia announced an Indo-Pacific alliance in mid-September, which also includes the joint construction of nuclear submarines for Australia.

Because Australia had canceled a long-planned, multi-billion dollar submarine deal with France, Paris was furious and ordered its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington to return for consultation.

At that time Borrell supported France. Germany also expressed its solidarity with France.

In late September, French head of state Emmanuel Macron and his American ally Joe Biden spoke to each other by phone and agreed to “intense consultations” against the backdrop of the submarine dispute. Shortly after, the French ambassador Philippe tienne returned to Washington.


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