Theo Sommer on the European Union’s Internal Political Change

Theo Sommer on the European Union’s Internal Political Change


is related to the recent German elections Germany for the last 10 years has been playing the role of the very very important factor for the European Union to stand against internal challenges and external challenges as well but the recent elections did not bring additional votes to the ruling party and to the chant madam Chancellor and the formation of the new government will possibly take some time so how do you think the results of this exact this concrete elections to the Bundestag will influence the role of Germany in Europe as the driving force but you see historically we’ve had different coalition’s Social Democrats and Christian Democrats Social Democrats and Christian Democrats together with the Liberal Democrats but the point I would like to make is there has always been continuity especially in foreign policy and even more especially when it comes to Europe so I think it will take some time till we have a government and that is regrettable because I would prefer the Chancellor Merkel to be able to cooperate quickly with Michel to get Europe going again but I don’t think there will be any basic break with our tradition the next government whoever is going to be your foreign minister the next government will be just as probably European and they will want to to move who Europe forward again well thank you but I will put this question again a little bit different yes Germany has been considered for the last couple of years as a country with a strong leader with a strong authority within country and in Europe and because of this Germany was able not to dominate European Union recovery agenda but to set the most crucial directions of this agenda especially because France was in crisis and students in crisis yeah so now the new government is not going to be the absolute government or ‘ti of modern American government so you should share the power she will be perhaps less strong well on addition you know I I think she’ll be less strong but not for the reason you you think is the real reason that there is a new coalition she’ll be less strong because it is her last term she has another four years and I think after two years people will start wetting their daggers so she is to a certain extent a lame-duck but I think especially on the European front she can move ahead together with Marco excellent and by the way speaking about McCrone his election brought lots of optimism to the Union political debate and 2016 was a very very bad year for Europe because of the brexit years of Trump because of the unclarity of what is going to take place in France though when mr. McRoy was elected as a president the French elite has been capable to develop a candidate a strong alternative to the right-wing populists and the later that Dutch elections happened as well though it has also taken lots of time from – to make the government and micron position does not seem seem now to be as strong as he could have expected this so what do you share this optimism – well I think I I agree with his vision for Europe but I’m quite sure that he cannot realize this vision the way he has designed it he has to make compromises the company and he will have to give him here and give him a given there but I think as he says we are all much we are marching ahead we it will not be so quick and it will be more difficult than he thinks but I think we needed someone with the a long you know get things moving again so I’m I’m not pessimistic I I think he will give a new momentum to the European idea yes and well last question today we have discussed security issues yes and one of the biggest security challenges of nowadays is there already emerged nuclear North Korea many experts in Russia or in Asia in the u.s. tend to believe that the nuclear North Korea will lead to the nuclear South Korea and Japan so it’s going to be a little bit fashionable to go nuclear so what about Europe with American policy being less perhaps reliable less predictable do you think that Europe needs its own nuclear arsenal well listen first of all Europe and Britain leaves and I mean I mean the European Union of 28 list we are still 28 of the 28 to our nuclear power nuclear powers nuclear weapons day yes now the Brits will go out but even once they leave and if they do you know maybe they will change their mind about brexit langoustine at least some people are hoping for that and then and there is a debate about that in Britain but back to your questions even if they leave they will have a secure continuing security relationship with the rest of the Union and France is a nuclear power state now the question is will Germany go nuclear it won’t I mean we we have renounced nuclear weapons in the non-proliferation treaty once again in the treaty about German reunification and a European nuclear arsenal will be the end result I think of European integration once we have a European army army that European army will inherit yes nuclear weapons the French or the British if they are in or back in but not Germany hands thank you very much that was it thank you you

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