German FM Says US Dominance Becoming History, Calls for EU Independence
Islam Times - Germany’s foreign minister says the world order is changing and the role of the US as a dominant world leader is declining under the Trump administration, emphasizing Berlin needs to defend its interests more actively, even if it means standing up to Washington.
Speaking at a foreign policy forum in Berlin on Tuesday, Sigmar Gabriel said “the global dominance of the United States is slowly becoming history.” He noted that the “withdrawal of the United States under Donald Trump from its reliable role as a guarantor of western-led multilateralism accelerates a change of the world order with immediate consequences for German and European interests.”
“Germany can no longer simply react to US policy but must establish its own position… even after Trump leaves the White House, relations with the US will never be the same,” Gabriel is cited as saying.
Gabriel accused the US of “no longer see(ing) the world as a global community, but as a fighting arena where everyone has to seek their own advantage.”
The top German diplomat also noted that Europe has to step up to the plate and more strictly define its interests in order to be a major global player.
“As the US has withdrawn from the international stage, nobody has turned to the European Union,” Gabriel said. He claimed the bloc no longer stands for a specific set of values, and accused its members of treating the EU “as if they have a second one in their hip pocket.”
“We have to describe our own positions and, if necessary, draw red lines” which would be “based on our own interests,” he said.
Gabriel’s Tuesday comments come after German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a similar statement following the G7 summit in May this year. “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States, in friendship with Great Britain, with good neighborly relations wherever possible, also with Russia and other countries – but we have to know that we have to fight for our future and our fate ourselves as Europeans,” she said.
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