Foreign Minister Gabriel noted positively after his talks with his counterpart, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “That was a really good conversation!”
Win-win rather than zero-sum game
The around 670,000 jobs created in the United States thanks to German investments make it quite clear that trade between the two countries is anything but a zero‑sum game in which everything revolves around competition on the markets. Rather, both sides of the Atlantic are winners in the open and rules-based trade system. That is why Foreign Minister Gabriel argued in favour of maintaining open markets during his talks with US Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.
Shouldering joint responsibility
Europe and the United States have to assume responsibility together to find solutions to these problems. Gabriel’s talks with Tillerson on these issues lasted twice as long as originally planned. Gabriel reported that on topics such as Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Russia they agreed on many points regarding the challenges and how to address them. Insofar he considered the meeting to have been very helpful.
Strong Europe in the United States’ interest
On the evening before his departure, Gabriel had stressed to the German-American Conference in Berlin that a strong and united Europe was also in the United States’ interest. However, the initiative had to come from Europe and this included emancipating itself in the sphere of security policy. Although Europe had some catching up to do in terms of hard power, Gabriel said, the American side should not lose sight of the importance of its soft power. If this balance was maintained and the burden was fairly distributed then both sides of the Atlantic could be sure that the United States and Europe were stronger together.
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