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On foreign policy, lets stop waiting for U.S. decisions, German minister says

On foreign policy, lets stop waiting for U.S. decisions, German minister says
From Reuters - December 4, 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will on Tuesday urge his country to become more assertive on foreign policy issues and less dependent on the United States, according to excerpts of a speech he is due to give, cited by the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Traditionally close ties between Berlin and Washington have soured since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January. Trump has denounced Germanys trade surplus with the United States, accused Berlin and others of owing vast sums to NATO and worried partners by deciding to ditch the Paris climate accord.

Gabriel will tell an audience of politicians and government representatives at the Koerber Foundation that the traditional view of the United States as having a protecting role is beginning to crumble, Sueddeutsche Zeitung said.

He will say the United States under Trump, who has adopted a unilateralist America First foreign policy, was no longer fulfilling its role as a global political power to the same extent that it once was.

The United States might start looking at Germany in a different way than before, as merely one of many partners and so Germany will be seen as a competitor, Gabriel will say.

He will say that Germany will continue to invest in its partnership with the United States but that Germany needs to be more assertive in representing its own interests.

We must lay out our positions ourselves and where necessary draw red lines - among partners but also based on our own interests, Gabriel is scheduled to say.

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