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‘Europe united’ should counter ‘America first’, says German foreign minister

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Heiko Mass said Europe should strive for a more balanced partnership with the United States.

Germany’s new foreign minister has said Europe’s response to US president Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy should be “Europe United”.

In his first major policy speech since taking office, Heiko Maas said the European Union should strive for a “balanced partnership” with the United States.

Mr Maas said this means working with Washington where possible, filling voids in areas where the US is withdrawing, and pushing back where America is seen as crossing red lines.

Heiko Mass
Mr Mass called for a united front (AP)

Mr Maas also called for the EU to strengthen its outreach to former Soviet republics, and said Germany and France can be the driving force in reforming Europe.

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