Wednesday, 9 January 2019


Without much notice but definitely a slight, the Trump administration downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union from member state to international organisation. The US State Department having failed to notify the EU of this change, the official reaction is still pending and only came to light inadvertently when the ambassador of the Washington mission did not make the cut for invited guests for the state funeral of George H W Bush. The supranational bloc was elevated back in September of 2016 after lengthy negotiations with the Obama administration.