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At the reopening of the America House in Munich, Markus Söder criticized President Trump. The German-American relationship has been cracking lately.
Munich – The symbolism is not without danger. Solemnly want German and American politicians and diplomats in today Munich cut a ribbon, signal for the reopening of the America House. A happy occasion, but the tape also reminds a little of a cut tablecloth, torn nerves, cut connections and a transatlantic partnership that only depends on a few fibers.
Actually grab Prime Minister Markus Söder * (CSU) and the incumbent US Ambassador Robin S. Quinville to the scissors, during the crisis of confidence with the United States has reached a temporary climax. The newly refurbished America House on Karolinenplatz has nothing to do with day-to-day politics, but with cultural exchange and transatlantic friendship that grew out of the rubble of the post-war period.
How much that Munich at the America House hang, they have proven in the past ten years: Before the general renovation, the location was competitive, ex-Prime Minister Horst Seehofer wanted to place a technology academy on Karolinenplatz with a lot of pressure. Numerous city celebrities and in the end even on the US side Ex-President Bill Clinton campaigned for the preservation – with success, Seehofer ultimately rescheduled.
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Nevertheless, the ceremony in the morning is of course overshadowed by world politics: Because of corona There are strict entry bans on both sides, the exchange has practically come to a standstill. US President Donald Trump * has discovered a favorite opponent in the Germans and is always complaining about defense spending being too low.
In the past few weeks, Trump had snubbed Germany up to with the announcement To withdraw 9500 U.S. soldiers and to relocate to Poland. Among other things, this affects the Bavarian Grafenwoehr massively. Added to this was the often harsh criticism of the ambassador Grenell, recently removed from Berlin, a close one Trump confidante, on German economic, energy and defense policy.
In short: a pile of broken glass. The Munich appearance is observed all the more closely today. They are a little different. Quinville (64) may continue Grenell’s course, but not the tone; she has decades of experience in Europe. Also Söder the transatlantic relationship is really close to our hearts. In 2016 he called a “Bavarian-American Friendship Club” and traveled to the family with him United States and would have set off this April for a planned delegation trip to Washington and Texas, which was only on the Corona crisis failed.
Söder hardly wants to cut the tablecloth. Nevertheless, he speaks plain text before the performance. “The cooperation on site is excellent, but the signals from Washington are different than before,” he told our newspaper. “Instead of close friendship and coordination, there are always irritating statements about Germany. Instead of talking to each other too often, people only judge each other. “It is” incomprehensible why the leadership in the United States that weakens really good relationships ”.
Söder also criticizes clearly Trump’s plan to withdraw troops: “That also brings him United States even little. The US troops stationed in Germany primarily serve the interests of NATO and the USA as a bridgehead for missions outside Europe. “
Miracles are from Amerikahaus appearance not to be expected. A little de-escalation maybe, but almost simultaneously Trump present details of his withdrawal plans in Washington. On the German side, many hope for a time after Trump, preferably from 2021. Even an average ribbon can be knotted again. (CD) * Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network
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