Mike Pompeo is heading for the EU’s eastern fringe — on a mission to make sure it’s looking west.
That’s how senior administration officials present the secretary of state’s upcoming visits to Hungary, Slovakia and Poland — as a chance to counter growing Russian and Chinese influence in areas as diverse as energy and technology.
But his host governments, facing accusations at home and abroad of backsliding on democracy and the rule of law, have seized on the trip to brand it as a seal of approval from Washington.
If he wants to avoid further alienating Western European allies frustrated and bewildered by …read more
Source: European Voice