MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Madam President! Dear Colleagues! I will allow myself, at least at the beginning, to make a small sentence about the federal government’s draft budget. I think the budget for the Ministry, for the Foreign Office, is a good budget with over 6 billion euros for the first time, with which you can do a lot. There are certainly a few cogs that we in Parliament would like to turn a little. But basically it is a household that meets the growing demands in the world and the growing expectations of Germany. That is why it is a good basis for advice.
This morning we met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, with Dr. Bricklayer, sat together. The analysis was sober that the corona pandemic did not lead to the drying up or drying up of conflicts around the world, but that the conflicts in the corona period tended to increase in intensity and new ones were added.
What we experienced a few days ago between Azerbaijan and Armenia must shock us. The appeal from this desk clearly goes to the two states to cease the fighting, but also to Russia and Turkey to give up their support for the escalation of such a conflict. We call on both sides to return to the Minsk Process, which is to seek a solution to this conflict under the umbrella of the OSCE on the basis of the Helsinki Final Act, the Paris Charter and the Madrid Principles, which primarily affects the people of the region and in the second place corresponds to the governments of the two countries involved. That would be my urgent appeal.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
In connection with the budget, the question arises of what Germany has to do in the coming months and next year. We must of course continue our great efforts in the areas of state stabilization and humanitarian aid. With the supplementary budgets for the 2020 budget, we raised over 2 billion euros in this area. Incidentally, we have become the second largest financier of the International Red Cross. We have overtaken Great Britain and are in second place after the United States of America. I think that’s a good thing.
I asked about all that money, especially the 450 million euros that we also approved for humanitarian aid. The figures I received from the Foreign Office show that apart from a few million, this money has actually either flowed out or is firmly planned. Well, the PS was actually put on the road and, as I said, Mr. Maurer confirmed that accordingly.
In order to combat the consequences of conflicts in the world, of course, we must also sharpen the instruments with which we can get to the root of the conflicts and ensure that they do not arise in the first place or are appropriately dampened. As Germans, we should not indulge in any illusions: First and foremost, when it comes to securing and maintaining peace, we can only do this together with our partners in the UN and together with our partners in the European Union.
That is why we are currently experiencing signs of the European Union’s weakness in foreign and security policy, which are falling on our feet, with which we cannot live in the long term. I think it is untenable that the veto of just one of the 27 Member States may prevent the other 26 Member States from addressing the leadership in Minsk, the Belarusian Government, and both Mr Lukashenko and all those who do who are responsible for the election fraud and for the violence against demonstrators are subject to personal sanctions so that they cannot do their Christmas shopping with their credit cards in the Baltic states or in Berlin or Warsaw, but rather feel that we are clearly the red card demonstrate. I hope that there will be movement on this point at the European Council on Thursday and Friday.
Incidentally, the same applies to our reaction to the attempt to poison or murder Mr Navalny. Under the Chemical Weapons Agreement, Russia is obliged to cooperate in clarifying why this Novichok is in circulation in Russia. If Russia does not do that, it is breaking the treaty and doing so is wrong. Here too, I believe, there must be a clear European answer.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)
I am a little more optimistic about Europe, about what we have set out to do for the Sahel. I believe that at least the ideas of the German Council Presidency, but also of other important states in the EU, are very promising that we will actually bring about a European initiative to support and stabilize the states in the Sahel region.
I think we have to be clear about what this is all about. First of all, it is about the states of the Sahel region. But above all, it is also about ensuring that a region does not emerge in the middle of Africa in which IS and al-Qaeda, after we have pushed them back a little in the Near and Middle East, find a new home. In my opinion, the orientation of these terrorist groups is not so much geared towards the Sahel states, but ultimately they want to move from there to southern Africa, where the economic resources are obviously greater. If we don’t get this under control together with the African states, then we will have a huge problem.
I also believe that we in the European Union have an urgent need for a common, sensible China strategy that takes into account the opportunities, but also the challenges, in dealing with China. It is high time we formulated this common strategy.
With regard to the situation in the United States of America, I would like to say: the Alliance of Multilateralists is certainly a correct answer to bilateralism and America First. But if you have the idea that you could organize a new multilateral world order without the United States of America, then you are wrong. I am of the opinion that the Alliance of Multilateralists is not an exclusive event that, if we will, should become a victim of Trump’s “America First” policy, but that we should extend our hand and involve America.
For the time after the presidential election, Germany and the European Union needs an agenda with which we, regardless of who is elected president, perhaps on one or the other question – trade, climate, security – a new thread of conversation with the new American administration, socialize with the new president.
With this in mind, we look forward to the budget consultations.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and Deputy Frank Schwabe [SPD])
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