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Foreign Minister: Germany Must Stand Up To U.S.

| by Jordan Smith

Germany's Foreign Minister has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of undermining German-American relations.

Sigmar Gabriel argued in a Dec. 5 speech that it's time for Germany to stand up to the U.S., according to Deutsche Welle.

"The U.S. no longer sees the world as a global community, but as a fighting arena where everyone has to seek their own advantage," Gabriel told an audience at the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum.

He called on Germany to be more daring in its foreign policy and urged the EU to be more assertive in upholding its interests.

"Germany can no longer simply react to U.S. policy but must establish its own position ... Even after Trump leaves the White House, relations with the U.S. will never be the same," he added.

Gabriel suggested that Western countries had failed with their policies in the Middle East.

"At no time during the last seven years did the West achieve a reasonable balance between its very ambitious goals [in Syria], and its very limited willingness to invest," said Gabriel.

On Dec. 7, Gabriel attacked Trump's decision not to certify Iran's compliance with a 2015 agreement on its nuclear activity.

"It's imperative that Europe sticks together on this issue," said Gabriel. "We also have to tell the Americans that their behavior on the Iran issue will drive us Europeans into a common position with Russia and China against the USA."

The Foreign Minister's comments are similar to those made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 28.

Merkel told an election meeting that Britain's vote to leave the EU and Trump's election as U.S. president undermined long-standing alliances with the U.S. and Britain.

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over," added Merkel, according to The Guardian. "I've experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands."

Merkel's comments came after the G7 summit in Italy, where Trump was at odds with all other participants on a number of issues, including the Paris climate agreement.

On May 25, at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump reportedly described German trade practices as "bad, very bad."

Merkel noted that Germany would seek to stay on good terms with the U.S. and Britain, but added, "We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans."

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