Merkel Promises Germany Will Take Greater International Responsibility in 2019

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The German chancellor completed her “extremely difficult political year” with a New Year address, admitting that international collaboration had “come under pressure”. For 2019, she called for unity in her country and across borders, promising to push for “global solutions” and paying particular attention to climate change, migration and terrorism.

German Head of Government Angela Merkel has made an outlook over the upcoming year in her traditional New Year speech. In the address released by the chancellor’s office, she called to “stand up for, argue and fight more strongly for our convictions” that one can resolve all the challenges best if “we consider the interests of others”.

“That is the lesson from the two world wars of the last century. But this conviction is no longer shared today by everyone, and certainties of international cooperation are coming under pressure…We must take on more responsibility in our own interests”, Merkel, who has persistently advocated for a multilateral approach in contrast to Donald Trump’s “America First” concept.

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The problems that Merkel mentioned specifically are the “fateful question of climate change” as well as migration and international terrorism. Ahead of the German term in the UN Security Council, due to begin on 1 January, Merkel pledged to push for “global solutions”…

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