Relations with the United States will “never be the same” after US President Donald Trump, according to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
Speaking at a foreign policy forum in Berlin on December 5, the minister also warned that institutions like the EU and the UN that they were running the risk of becoming irrelevant.
As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, Gabriel first spoke about strained relations with the US under the Trump administration.
“The US no longer sees the world as a global community, but as a fighting arena where everyone has to seek their own advantage,” Gabriel said.
The Social Democrat argued that German foreign policy must be more daring, and not simply follow the line from Washington.
“Germany can no longer simply react to US policy but must establish its own position… even after Trump leaves the White House, relations with the US will never be the same.”
Gabriel suggested an inward-looking White House was no boon to Europe if the EU did not do enough to define its own interests.
“As the US has withdrawn from the international stage, nobody has turned to the European Union,” said Gabriel, claiming that the bloc no longer stood for a specific set of values and accusing members of treating the EU “as if they have a second one in their hip pocket.”