Heiko, Macphoto: Lehtikuva / Reuters
Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas in an interview with the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung said that Germany can no longer gloss over differences with the US.
According to him, before Berlin could “rely on the existing agreements”. “It’s changed radically”, — he explained.
The head of the German foreign Ministry said that outside Europe, the United States remains the closest partner Germany. Despite this, the Minister stressed the existence of differences. We are talking about the exit of Washington from the Paris climate agreement, the Iranian nuclear deal and the introduction of fees.
Maas also criticized U.S. President Donald trump for what he is pursuing a policy that places the United States above all other countries.
The Minister added that none of this will make the world a better, calmer or safer.
From 1 June, the U.S. imposed a 25 percent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on the import of aluminium from the EU, Mexico and Canada. The incident was condemned by the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, noting that the European Union will appeal to the WTO for dispute settlement. Meanwhile, the Washington accuses partners in the “Big seven” in overstatement of trade duties on American goods.
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