German Foreign Minister Says 20th Century World Order Dead As Trump Takes Office

SPUTNIKNEWS – January 22, 2017: German politicians have joined the chorus of European officials growing increasingly concerned for the future of the US-European relationship under Donald Trump. In a Sunday op-ed for Bild am Sonntag, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier remarked that Trump’s inauguration meant that “the old world of the 20th century is over for good.”

Steinmeier stressed that “the old world of the 20th century is over for good,” explaining that he was referring to the order established following the Second World War, and in the quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

Steinmeier emphasized that “as always when power changes hands, there are uncertainties, doubts and questions about the course the new leadership will take,” and warned that “in these times of a new global disorder it is about more; today there is a lot at stake.”

The official indicated that of course Berlin would be seeking dialogue with the Trump administration, and would look to outline “our position, our values and our interests,” as well as Germany’s “expectations” for a new partnership with the USA. If that failed, he added, Berlin would be “certain to find interlocutors in Washington who know that big countries also need partners.”  Link: Read Complete Article

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