The reactions to Biden’s inauguration

NAfter the swearing-in of American President Joe Biden, the German government hopes to revive the severely damaged relationship with its most important ally outside Europe. “I’m looking forward to a new chapter in German-American friendship and cooperation,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), according to a message from government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Twitter. The inauguration of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was a “celebration of American democracy”.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) was also relieved on Wednesday about the change in power in the White House after Donald Trump had spent four years in which German-American relations had plunged into the worst post-war crisis. “In the last four years we have seen what” America first “meant: no vote, no consultations,” said Maas on ZDF. Joe Biden wants to change that. “I am very happy that the time has finally come again. Because we need the United States to face major challenges, to really get the crises of this time under control again. “

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer promised the new president that Germany would be more involved in security policy. “The new American government will also hold us Germans responsible,” said the CDU politician. “We and our European partners, America’s allies, must take self-confident steps to strengthen transatlantic security.” Even if the corona pandemic narrows the scope, “we have to invest more, not less, in our security,” emphasized Kramp-Karrenbauer. It now depends on concrete contributions so that Europe can better protect itself and become a stronger ally of America. “The future of our security policy begins now. Let’s take the chance. “

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had already expressed the hope of closer cooperation before the swearing-in ceremony. “We look forward to having the USA at our side again in future as an indispensable partner in many questions: in the joint and solidarity-based fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, in global climate protection, in security issues, including arms control and disarmament in many urgent conflicts around the world, ”Steinmeier said in a video message. Steinmeier assured at the same time: “Even where we will not agree, differences of opinion will not separate us, but let us search all the more intensively for common solutions.” He hopes to be able to welcome Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to Germany soon.


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