The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken advantage of the congratulations to Joe Biden Y Kamala Harris for his electoral victory to ensure that the US and the EU “must stand together” in the fight against covid-19 and the global warming.
“USA and Germany as part of the European Union must stand together to overcome the great challenges of our time, “he said in a brief statement on the US elections. In his opinion, the US and the EU should stand” shoulder to shoulder in the difficult examination of the coronavirus pandemic, in the fight against global warming and its consequences, in the fight against terrorism, for an open society and free trade “.
“These are the foundations of well-being on both sides of the Atlantic”, said the Chancellor, who highlighted the importance of bilateral relations and of a “friendship” of decades, a “common treasure”. He also referred to “core values” shared by the US and Europe, such as the individual, democracy and freedom.
Defense and foreign policy
The chancellor recognized that in this relationship, Europeans must progressively assume “more responsibility” in the fields of defending and in foreign policy, something that the US “expects and rightly so.” “We Europeans have set out on the road,” added Merkel.
The chancellor once again congratulated Biden Y Harris, to whom he already addressed a message of congratulations on Saturday, and has highlighted the president-elect his “experience” in domestic and foreign policy and his past meetings.
From Harris has underlined that, as the first female vice president of the United States and “daughter of immigrants” is a “inspiration and an example” of the “possibilities” that the United States offers.
Both have a “great responsibility” before them, concluded Merkel, wishing them luck in their new posts. Merkel has not cited at any time presidente saliente, Donald Trump, with whom he has maintained a difficult relationship due to criticism and slights from the American.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Germany for its high trade surplus, because its defense budget does not reach the equivalent of 2% of gross domestic product (GDP), for its immigration policy and for the Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline under construction between Russia and Germany.