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Source: CDU CSU


Germany and Europe must make offers for more intensive cooperation

According to the results of the count, Joseph R. Biden has been elected 46th President of the United States. The foreign policy spokesman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Jürgen Hardt, explains:

“As the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, we are convinced that the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the first female Vice President is good for the USA, good for the transatlantic partnership and good for the world. The expectations at home and abroad are enormous. You have to reconcile the deeply divided country and fight the still rampant corona pandemic as well as the massive effects on the US economy.

At the same time, a number of international crises are waiting for impulses from a more global and reliable American foreign and security policy. There are opportunities here for a necessary new start in the transatlantic partnership, but also great expectations of Europe. Joe Biden has always proven that he believes in alliances and partnerships. We will build on this. Like us in Germany and Europe, the new leadership of the USA is convinced that global challenges such as climate change, transnational migration, cross-border terrorism or unfair trade practices can only be solved together.

Despite Biden’s election, there remains a widespread feeling in the US that the US has given the world more in the past few decades than it received in return. We have to take this seriously, also to prevent a new wave of populism in the USA. For us that means: We as Germany and Europe have to do our homework and readjust the balance of the transatlantic partnership. We have to invest more in defense and, moreover, be ready to take on a higher risk in the world, for example in the fight against terrorism in Africa. Only in this way can the EU become a truly capable security policy actor and relieve the US internationally. In doing so, we are proving to the US population that international partnerships pay off and pay off. We thus support Biden’s multilateral approach to politics. It is good that the ranks of the Greens are also starting to speak out in favor of meeting the ‘2% target’. Of course, we also have to expand our civil and development policy instruments.

When it comes to questions of trade policy, too, we must find a fair balance that is sustainable for both sides. Both economic areas – the USA and the EU – face the same challenge of making the transition from the industrial to the digital economy socially acceptable. The past has shown that free trade with the lowest possible tariffs can serve as an innovation vehicle. By breaking off trade negotiations with the EU, Trump has left this potential fallow.

The CDU / CSU parliamentary group has always spoken out in favor of the irreplaceable transatlantic partnership – even when others are talking about the advantages of an alleged decoupling. We will revitalize the transatlantic partnership with specific offers. “

Background: The member states of NATO have committed themselves to the so-called “2 percent target”, according to which the member states will increase their defense spending by 2024 towards 2% of the gross domestic product.


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