Germany urged the US to reset relations after the election

Berlin supports a reset in the transatlantic partnership after the US presidential election, regardless of the winning candidate, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

According to him, Germany and Europe should prepare for the US being “less involved in events in the world.” Maas stressed that the differences between the United States and Europe benefit not only “Beijing and Moscow, but also Tehran and Pyongyang,” so a reset is needed, reports Deutsche Welle with reference to the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

The German Foreign Minister noted that the German government would address Washington soon after the elections with proposals “as a contribution to the new transatlantic agenda.”

“We need a new common understanding of the global “rules of the game” that have been violated by various parties in recent years,” Maas said, noting that this concerns a coordinated policy of sanctions, a common position towards China, cooperation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and actions in the Western Balkans.

Maas also added that the new relations between Europe and the United States should also be characterized by Europeans’ ability “to cope with crises independently if necessary.” According to him, the goal should be to achieve “European sovereignty,” but this does not mean abandoning the transatlantic partnership.

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