Reasons why EU is putting sanctions on the US
Sanction impositions often happen to most European nations, from more influential nations to weakly ones. They occur when a relatively powerful country decides to implicate economies of countries that pose a threat to them. For the case of European countries, stiff rivalry witnessed between EU and US began during the Cold War that majorly targeted economies of their competitors due to their competing commercial interests. EU indirectly sanctions the US by promoting blocking-statute and offering diplomatic and financial aids to countries affiliated to the union and has been punished by the US. The USA put extraterritorial sanctions to Cuba, Libya, and Iran hence causing the rift between the two blocs.

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EU sanctioned the US because of imposing sanctions on Cuba, following a series of events between the USA and Cuba. For instance, Cuban missile attacks on American protestors and attacks of Pigs' Bay were met with stiff opposition by the U. S. Additionally, the seizure, and nationalization of the US property by the Cuban government worsened the situation further. These events consequently resulted in immediate stern measures that involved the imposition of economic sanctions in 1963. This act was termed as the extraterritorial decision as provided by Trading With Enemy Act (TWEA) and would be punishable by imposing sanctions on the perpetrator. In retaliation, the EU supports Cuba fully to renew its economy that has been dwindling since the US sanctioned the island.

Attacks by Iran on US Embassy caused tension between the US and Iran. This act led to the decision to withdraw from a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was not the original plan for the US. Iran had promised to monitor its nuclear program, which it did not honor, and resulted in Iranian-US political conflicts. The withdrawal was occasioned by pressure to adjust Iran's foreign policies, including oil exports, as well as changing its nuclear policies in 2018. This choice had adverse economic implications for Iran and its trade partners from the EU. Consequently, the EU could not condone extraterritorial decisions and resulted in offering financial support and opportunities for Iranian private investors.

Libya was accused of supporting terrorist groups that were considered a security threat to the US. These accusations pushed the US to impose sanctions on individual investors who had an interest in establishing commercial businesses with Libya. Furthermore, it was intended to weaken the country to reduce its ability to utilize petroleum resources, which would otherwise enrich the country, making it more supportive of radical groups. Besides, it was to be deprived of weaponization and any aviation support that would enable them to develop wealth from petroleum. The EU suggested the refusal of extraterritorial jurisdiction against Libya by the USA.

Anatogism and fight for supremacy between the EU and the US was the primary reason for the imposition of conflicting sanctions. EU strives to protect nations that promote the economic growth of its members. Similarly, it protects the interests of third countries against US sanctions by encouraging them to oppose legislation set by the US. European Union advocates for the invocation of policies set by the US and allows states to request compensation if the strategies contribute to economic losses. By weakening their economies, the military and purchase power is lowered.

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