The US President visits the Gulf amidst heightened tension between the United States and Iran. But the latest episode in the Straits of Hormuz only underlines the wariness towards both countries by Gulf Arab States.
The US Air Force has reacted decisively to the serious failures that allowed the unscheduled flight of six nuclear weapons. Its response has been swift, thorough and multi-faceted. Yet, for all its openness, it still has questions to answer as to the deeper causes of the episode.
Securing supplies of affordable energy is absolutely vital to maintaining Europe’s security and competitiveness in a rapidly globalizing world. It requires a strong Europe which can both reform its domestic energy markets and act coherently beyond its borders.