At the Munich security conference, the a great deal of tension between Germany and the United States came openly to the fore. German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained on Saturday alone, U.S. President Donald Trump in the Foreign and trade policy.
trump is the Vice - Mike Pence called on the Europeans to follow the hard line of the USA against Iran and Russia. However, Merkel does not think. It relies on structures of international cooperation: "We must not crush easily," she said at the meeting in front of numerous state and heads of government, in allusion to a Trump.
The Chancellor criticized the U.S. plan, obviously, is to impose special duties on German cars. If German cars "are suddenly a threat to the national security of the United States of America, then that scares us," she said. The Chancellor disagreed with Trump in a number of foreign policy issues vigorously. You think it is a mistake of the West, to cut the contacts to Russia and Iran.
However, called Pence, the allies once again urges the withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran. "The time for our European partners has come to stand at our side," said Pence, speaking in Munich after Merkel. "The Iranian Regime is in favour of the Holocaust and tried to reach him," said Trumps of Deputy. "Anti-Semitism is not only wrong, he is evil".
point of contention for the Russian Gas
Pence has warned the Europeans are also about to make itself dependent on Russian Gas. "We are not able to guarantee the defence of the West, if our Alliance partners from the East." The US Vice President thanked all the European partners, which had positioned itself clearly against the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 through the Baltic sea. "We also want other countries to position themselves."
Merkel looks in Russia but more a Partner. If you cap the contacts to Russia, leave to the cooperation with Moscow, the whole of China. "We also want to participate a bit in the trade relations." Europe's dependence on Russian Gas does not depend on whether the Pipeline will be built or not. "A Russian gas molecule remains in a Russian gas molecule, no matter whether it comes via Ukraine, or whether it comes via the Baltic sea."
Merkel also spoke out in favour of the agreement to prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb to maintain. These "small anchor" should be used to make on other areas of pressure.
The Munich security conference in pictures
Merkel said The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that European cars as a threat to national security, such as in Munich. On the basis of this evaluation of the Ministry Trump could introduce new special duties. The value of European car and auto parts exports to the United States was last estimated by the EU Commission to more than 50 billion Euro per year.
"We are not proud of our cars"
Merkel, you understand how the Americans could consider German cars as a threat to national security. "We are proud of our cars. The we must also." Many of the cars would be manufactured in the United States. In the U.S. state of South Carolina, the largest BMW factory. "Not in Bavaria, in South Carolina," she said. "I think it would be good, we can get into some good discussions," said the Chancellor.
Merkel has warned the US against prematurely from the civil war country Syria to withdraw. You asked: "Is it because now, well, now from Syria immediately and quickly on the part of the Americans to pull? Or is it not a strengthening of the possibilities of Iran and Russia to take influence? Also, we need to talk."
China rejects INF-accession
Merkel, China called on to participate in to Try to save the INF disarmament Treaty. But China refuses to accede to the INF-ban agreement on nuclear medium-range missiles. His country-oriented for the military armor "strictly defensive needs," said the top foreign politicians Chima, Yang Jiechi, on Saturday at the Munich security conference. "We are against the multilateralization of the INF Treaty."
The United States had the INF Treaty, the beginning of the month with the backing of the Nato partners to 2. August terminated. The official justification for accusations against Russia of violating the agreement for a number of years.
As a further reason, the fact that the binds from the time of the Cold war the end of the Deal, only Americans and Russians, but not to emerging military powers such as China. China, meanwhile, have nearly 2,000 ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, which would fall under this agreement.
Created: 16.02.2019, 10:23 PM