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Red carpet for the British

Europe should speak with one voice, said Wolfgang Ischinger, the head of the Munich security conference. Therefore, he had to open the prestigious Meet demonstrative of the defense Ministers of Germany and great Britain. No British Minister has been rolled out in recent months in Europe such a thick red carpet as Gavin Williamson yesterday. Because in Munich, the politicians are entirely agreed: The Brexit is allowed to threaten the European security.

the UK stand firmly to Nato, and take up his responsibility in the European security policy very seriously, assured the Minister of defense, Williamson, and described the Alliance as "the most successful military organization in the world". And today, Nato is counting more than ever, because Russia is an old enemy had returned. Moscow is a threat to British security. Just when the world was going to be a "dangerous, dark" place, is it particularly important.

The end of the old order

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stood ostentatiously behind the British. He welcome the initiatives for a defence policy within the EU, he explained, but this could not be a substitute for Nato. "After the Brexit 80 percent of the defense budgets of Nato does Not come from non-EU countries. Just so there's no misunderstanding," said Stoltenberg.

However, the British security policy in Europe, was almost the only positive finding in Munich. At the conference must be a discussion about how to preserve the core elements of the international order, said Ischinger, who appeared to be the start of the conference in a bright blue Hoodie with yellow stars, and he had apparently gotten from his grandson as a gift. The fact that the old order goes under, hardly anyone doubted yesterday. "And who is collecting the shards?", the somewhat provocative title of the in Munich, Germany, presented the safety report.

That since the annexation of the Crimea by Russia five years ago, nothing more is as before, the politicians are already long agreed. Is complicated the position by US President Donald Trump, of all Established of the question, Nato. But in the meantime, the security experts do not believe that these are temporary problems and the watch can no longer turn back. Trump is more of a "Symptom of change, as a trigger," said Ischinger. The global security situation is more dangerous than ever before since the collapse of the Soviet Union. "We are experiencing an epochal rupture, the end of an Era, and the outlines of a new world political era are as yet in an embryonic stage."

China as the new big

makes it Clear it is for the safety of politicians that a new Era of great power politics has begun. In addition to the old big powers, the US and Russia, with all the Power of China. This constellation is now considered in the USA as well as challenge number 1 and has replaced terrorism. The authoritarian guided tours in Moscow and Beijing sought to gain a "veto power" over other countries, say American politicians are. China regards the United States as a great power on the decline, while Beijing sees as a rising geopolitical power.

the Europeans, China increasingly see as a Problem. Beijing is one of the main drivers of the changes in the world, said Stoltenberg. There are possibilities and opportunities of cooperation, but also of challenges: he referred, in particular, Chinese investment in European infrastructure projects that have adopted, according to experts of concern dimensions. According to the security report, the investment in the last ten years has risen sharply, and include for example in Montenegro, soon half of all loans.

don't be naive, said Stoltenberg to the challenges of the future. However, the Nato chief opposed the Munich-prevailing opinion that Nato was for the United States under Trump is not important, Yes, this speech, to withdraw from it, out of the Alliance. Donald Trump is standing on principle firmly behind Nato, defended Stoltenberg, the President of the USA. This the words assigned to him, but especially his actions. There is no American withdrawal from Europe, quite on the contrary, Since trump's office, Washington, spend 40 percent more money for the Europeans.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 16.02.2019, 07:36 PM

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