German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave at the Munich security conference on Saturday morning, a mostly exuberantly celebrated speech. The policy of the American government was sharply criticized and warned of a collapse of international political structures. "We can't just smash it," said the CDU politician in reference to Donald Trump, to call without the US President directly by name. "There are many conflicts that challenge us."
Merkel has warned, the U.S. army, "hastily" from the civil war to countries, Syria and Afghanistan to withdraw. The other major points of contention, such as the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, or the Export of German cars in the US, the Chancellor backed away a step and got this spontaneous applause. Shortly after Merkel, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence should speak in Munich.
The U.S. Commerce Department came, according to Merkel, obviously, to the assessment that European cars are a threat to the national security of the United States. It was for Germany's terrifying, said Merkel. "We are proud of our cars. The we must also.“ On the basis of the evaluation of the Department of Commerce's US President, Donald Trump might introduce new special duties. The value of European car and auto parts exports to the United States was the last of the EU Commission to more than 50 billion Euro per year.
Merkel said that she doesn't understand how Americans could consider German cars as a threat to national security. "These cars will be built in the United States of America. In the U.S. state of South Carolina, the largest BMW factory. "Not in Bavaria, in South Carolina," she said in front of a laughing Auditorium. "I think it would be good, we get in good conversations with each other."
Merkel argued for a Strengthening of international cooperation to solve the major problems of a rapidly changing world. "We need to think in terms of networked structures. The military component is one,“ said the Chancellor. She stressed the importance of Nato. "We need Nato as an anchor of Stability in turbulent times. We need you as a community of values.“
Merkel defends Gas Pipeline Nord Stream 2
she warned the allies about to sever all relations with Russia. This would would be the cooperation with Russia, the whole of China. "We also want to participate a bit in the trade relations," she said.
Merkel defended in this context, the Gas Pipeline Nord Stream 2 through the Baltic sea. 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."
The United States and European countries accuse Germany to increase its dependence on Russian Gas in the energy supply by the Pipeline construction. No one wanted to, Merkel said. She added: "When we launched in the Cold war (...) Russian Gas to a great extent, then I don't know why the times should not be so much the worse, that we can say that Russia remains a Partner."
she called on China to participate in to Try to save the INF disarmament Treaty. You know that there is in the topic on the Chinese side, a lot of reservations. Disarmament is a topic that all umtreibe. The US 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.
Chancellor provides increase the defense expenditure in views
Merkel said, according to the year-long contract violations by Russia was the U.S. notice of termination "inevitable". Nevertheless it was "a very interesting constellation", that "a contract that was found in the reason, for Europe, a disarmament agreement will be terminated and our security concerns (...) of the United States of America and Russia into the legal succession of the Soviet Union".
The Chancellor, a further increase of the German defense was spending, but also stressed the importance of a comprehensive development policy. Trump is pushing its Nato-Partner Germany, the defence budget in five years, two percent of the gross domestic product to increase. That would mean more spending in the tens of billions. Merkel promised to create up to 2025 is 1.5 percent.
The increase in the defense an "essential point is spending for Germany," Merkel said. The Federal bar, but also their contributions in the context of joint operations in Afghanistan. And: Germany is one of the largest donors in the world in the development of cooperation.More about
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Merkel warned the United States against the consequences of a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan. In Germany, a great deal of Persuasion had been done, that the security of the country will be defended at the Hindu Kush. You don't want to experience, "that we are going to have to leave one day", because the very networked structures are removed. (dpa)