Germany's interests: from the outside the political comfort zone!

Russia and China block Syria aid!" and "China goes to Hong Kong: Watching the West is powerless?" these two current headlines reflect the impotence of the Ge

Germany's interests: from the outside the political comfort zone!

Russia and China block Syria aid!" and "China goes to Hong Kong: Watching the West is powerless?" these two current headlines reflect the impotence of the German and European foreign policy. In the world of politically relevant issues, the great powers United States, China and Russia are part of the mix is crucial. Germany and the European Union stand on the sidelines and play usually a Central role when it comes to development policy grants. In particular, the German foreign policy is characterized by the fact that in the first line of the song on multilateralism and international dialogue is sung.

This sounds beautiful and is, in principle, correct in almost all cases, however, without resounding foreign policy success. If we want to understand foreign policy more than foreign or economic policy, or as a single humanitarian interventions in acute emergencies, and if foreign policy is supposed to mean for us, in addition to this, our European values such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law to bring in, if we understand foreign policy as a principle of international cooperation, then the following applies: Germany must out from its foreign policy comfort zone!

We should therefore create a recognizable German interests-driven foreign policy Agenda, the economic interests with European values combined. So far, such a clear Agenda for the day-to-day work of German diplomats all over the world.

we Look at an example to Africa: The Chinese are secure through the granting of generous loans, access to markets and raw materials – and create a targeted dependencies. In Africa, however, perceive increasingly that China's approach is the use primary the Chinese. Many African States realize that they have gotten involved in contracts with China to a Faustian Pact. So Sierra Leone has a Deal with China for the construction of a new airport burst. In Mozambique, there are complaints about the destruction of beaches by Chinese companies, and Kenya, looks at the financing for the construction of its infrastructure to other partners.

Germany would not plunder resource-rich countries

a great opportunity for Germany is Here because of this: Its national raw materials strategy is intertwined with a value-led foreign policy. Without the reliable supply of raw materials, Germany the future is not up to the technologies of the energy transition, the digitization or the electric mobility. Unlike China, Germany continues but agreements for the supply of raw materials, auxiliary payments or loans to the establishment of sustainable structures, the establishment of democracy and the observance of human rights. This is the opportunity for people in resource-rich States: they are not exploited, but as equal partners.

this is a way To further economic and political interests in a foreign policy Agenda to be incorporated. Here is also the core for a deepening of a common European foreign policy could be the long term for the foreign policy weight of each individual European state is of crucial importance. So, for instance, Germany, France, Austria and Italy have similar interests in building a hydrogen infrastructure. All States economies so that their people and the mobility sector climate friendly. For this you need to have sufficient quantities of hydrogen and, therefore, the sun and the Wind of Africa.

Updated Date: 08 August 2020, 12:20

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