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The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, today urged the rest of European countries to promote a determined foreign policy that will curb the attitude of the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
“With President Trump, the Atlantic has widened,” Heiko Maas said Wednesday (13.06.2018) during a European policy event held in Berlin. The head of Foreign Affairs of the Social Democratic Party SPD, which has held the post since last March, expressed the “deep disappointment” that has caused in his Government and, personally, in himself, the line of the president of the United States.
“I would never have imagined that a German foreign minister would be confronted with the current situation,” he said, referring to the strong ties traditionally maintained by his country with the United States, one of the “unanswerable” axes of foreign policy. German Europe’s response to what he called “political selfishness” that represents Trump’s maxim – “American First” – must be unity and cohesion, as well as the “readjustment” of his relationship with the transatlantic ally.
“A hit of Twitter”
The social democratic politician lamented that the transatlantic alliance, which for decades united the United States with Europe, was called into question “Twitter hit”, alluding in this way to the fondness of the US president to publicize his decisions in the social network .
In that sense, Maas advocated rebalancing relations with Washington in a new stage in which the European Union occupies the spaces left by the United States. “We have to put our weight where our partner retires, so we can as Europeans put a counterweight where the United States crosses the red lines,” he added. And then, he went on to encourage the other EU member states to act decisively provided that the Trump government questioned the values and interests of the bloc.