MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
After the US presidential election – Europe needs to take on more ownership
After the presidential elections in the USA, the CDU / CSU parliamentary group is relying on a restructuring of relations with Washington: more individual responsibility for Europeans within a strong transatlantic alliance. Europe must not sit back, Europe must deliver, demanded deputy group leader Johann David Wadephul in a press conference.
According to Wadephul, this applies regardless of who becomes the new president in the United States. As of Friday noon, Democratic Party challenger Joe Biden was facing President Donald Trump. With a President Biden, the tone and atmosphere would be more careful, but at the same time he would also pursue a clear interest policy, the group vice-president said. In general, American society is of the opinion that their country has provided services for which Europeans have not provided anything in return.
Demanded fair sharing of the burden
According to the foreign policy spokesman for the Union faction, Jürgen Hardt, the majority of Americans think that the US has given the world more than it has got back from the world. That is why Joe Biden will demand a fairer burden-sharing from the Europeans, for example a greater commitment to crisis management in Africa or in the Middle East, Hardt suspected in the SWR. Here Europe must follow up its verbal declarations with deeds: “We must not look to the fact that, when in doubt, the Americans take the potatoes out of the fire.”
Adhere to the NATO commitment
Wadephul prophesied that hopes for a better dialogue under Joe Biden would be fulfilled when Europe offered something substantial. “It’s not convenient, but it is the only chance you have when you want to return to a thriving relationship,” he said. Among other things, he addressed the NATO goal of spending two percent of its gross domestic product on defense, as well as Germany’s commitment to make ten percent of its military capabilities available to NATO. “We are clearly lagging behind,” he complained, but added for the Union faction: “We are ready to provide such services.”
Commitment to nuclear participation
Wadephul made a clear commitment to nuclear participation, without which credible deterrence in Europe would not work. He also called for Europeans to be more committed to security policy on their doorstep, for example in the resurrected conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. If Germany takes on more responsibility, it must also be clarified how the parliamentary participation of the Bundestag in foreign missions of the Bundeswehr can be handled more flexibly.
A decoupling of Europe from the USA, as demanded by the SPD parliamentary group leader, was clearly rejected by Wadephul. This proposal is “irresponsible”, “adventurous” and “half-baked”. Financially alone it is impossible to completely replace the contributions made by the Americans.
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