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Security conference shows a crisis of confidence

The word multilateralism was at the Munich security conference everyone is talking about. However, for common solutions to international crises, there is a lack of trust and willingness to make concessions.

multilateralism is the buzzword of this year's Munich security conference. Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out in favour of it. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas used the term for quite some time. China's highest level foreign policy, Yang Jiechi devoted his entire speech yesterday on the topic.

In fact, it's something Self-evident: co-operative and equitable Action on the international level, or, as Merkel described with a view to the Motto of this year's security conference of a world in fragments: all the parts can pick up.

However, the representatives of the militarily strongest countries in the world highlighted at this conference, once more, that commitment to multilateralism need not be with appropriate actions associated when it comes to their own interests.

U.S. Vice President Pence calls for a withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Russia's foreign Minister Lavrov: Europe must free itself from dependence on the USA.

National interests go before

US Vice President Michael Richard Pence pleaded for an Alliance with the Europeans, but he found conditions as an exit from the nuclear deal with Iran that does not want to comply with the EU. Russia's foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of a common European house, but he implied once more that the Europeans should from dependence on the American release.

, The Chinese representative, Yang spoke about multilateralism only as long as it went to its own interests. So he dashed hopes that China could agree to participate in negotiations on nuclear medium-range weapons, and thus the end of the INF-prevent Treaty or a new Treaty to pave the way. Similar to India.

covenants in the second row

Since so little trust powers is on the great falls look more closely at the medium-sized countries, such as Japan, Canada, France and the United Kingdom. Clearly this was the common appearance of defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, with the British foreign Secretary, Gavin Williamson, who, in spite of, or perhaps because of the forthcoming Brexit for a strong European defense Alliance.

A similar appearance to President Emmanuel Macron was provided with Merkel and France. The cancellation not only threw a spotlight on the tense political situation in the country, in the Macron. It is also a lot of questions of military cooperation remain open, whether it's conflicting positions in the case of arms exports or the question of whether France would extend its nuclear umbrella to Europe for the case that the Americans offer no more protection.

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