Guy Verhofstadt speaking in London
Guy Verhofstadt lambasted the President of the United States during a speech in London, warning the bloc was facing a a three-pronged attack from outside forces.
The former Belgian prime minister accused Donald Trump of “undermining” the Brussels club following a visit across the pond.
Speaking on Monday, the arch-federalist said: “I have just come back from US and my view is that we have a third front that is undermining the EU and that is Donald Trump.”
The Brexit negotiator said Brussels was under attack
I have just come back from US and my view is that we have a third front that is undermining the EU and that is Donald Trump
The other two threats stem from radicalised Islam and Russia's Vladimir Putin, who Mr Verhofstadt said is trying to undermine the EU project.
The Belgian’s warning comes as uncertainty hangs over the EU after the American President ramped up rhetoric against NATO, describing it as “obsolete”, while getting closer to Vladimir Putin.
Most recently, the billionaire tycoon demanded Brussels abandons plans for an EU army if it wants the US to continue its support for NATO.
The Republican’s repeated pledge to put “America first” has also meanwhile shifted the political status quo as Mr Trump is more interested in forging close ties with post-Brexit Britain.
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Mr Verhofstadt whined nationalism was not the answer and it would ultimately lead to disaster.
He told an audience at Chatham House: “Twenty million people have died because of nationalism in Europe.
The Brexit negotiator said Vladimir Putin is a threat to the EU
“There is not one family living on the continent and certainly also not in Britain who has no grandfather, grandmother, who was not a victim of these stupidities, these atrocities and the end of the 19th and the whole 20th century.
"Putting your future organisation of Europe on nationalist ideas is the most stupid thing you can do. It’s playing with fire knowing what it has created in the past."