Joachim Gauck: German-American Relations need to be strengthened
On his first visit to the US warned of German President Joachim Gauck, German more responsibility while simultaneously decreasing American commitment is “a constellation that would not be good for Germany in the long term “.
Federal President Joachim Gauck is their first official visit to the United States. In a speech at the University of Philadelphia, he said that the German-American relations and the NATO defense alliance would be strengthened.’ Let’s face it, we have the transatlantic relationship does not last as carefully treated as necessary’, so Gauck loud pre -spread speech manuscript. is
The North Atlantic Alliance remains the precondition and a’ free life’ in most European countries, Gauck said. Terrorists, dictators and autocrats are new threats in a world where’ fall into the states and entire regions into chaos’.
Gauck thanked the US for its contribution to the reunification of Germany 25 years ago. On Wednesday, he is received by US President Barack Obama at the White House -.. 18 years after the last meeting of this kind topic of conversation the reunion will be, but also the future challenges to democracy
Germany take over more responsibility than in the past, so Gauck.’ But more German responsibility, while simultaneously decreasing American commitment that would be a constellation that Germany – would not be good for the long term – and Europe.’
The President recalled that the United States had a determining role to victory over Nazi Germany.’ Together with the allies have Germany the German murderers snatched, ended the Holocaust and us Germans and other Europeans allow a fresh start’, so Gauck. 1989 and 1990 was’ America Germany’s best friend’ have been. Nobody had the union promoted more intensively than the United States under the then President George Bush.
Gauck also spoke about the ongoing for more than four years of civil war in Syria: Hundreds of thousands of refugees, particularly in Germany saw a land of hope, freedom and democracy. He compared the situation with the more than 300 years ago, when the first German emigrants had come to America. The movement of refugees to Europe and to Germany show:’you einzuigeln is not an option, is no longer a solution.’
Gauck said he worried the negative image of America in parts of Europe and also in Germany. By interception operations of the US secret NSA German citizens have lost confidence, he regretted.