German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that she would work better with the new President of the United States, Joe Biden, than Donald Trump. The adviser said he has a “much broader set of agreements” with Biden than with Trump. Everything, especially despite the constant friction, especially regarding the controversial Nord Stream 2 project, France Press agency.
“If you only look at the decrees signed yesterday (Wednesday) by Biden, you can see that we can work together again” in certain areas such as climate or immigration, the German chancellor said at a press conference. At the same time, Merkel added, “We know that with the inauguration of the new US president (…) there will be discussions about how good things will be for the two countries,” stressing that the world should not expect a consensus on all issues.
“Everywhere you look today, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing. Europe needs to take on more responsibility, not only militarily, but also diplomatically and in many other areas, but the good news is that we are,” she added. “We in Germany are ready to do the same thing as It is the case with the European Union. ”But“ cooperation is simply based once again on a broader basis of shared beliefs. ”
Merkel mentioned the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
The chancellor also referred to the controversial project of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The Russian gas will be transported to Germany and Europe. Both Democrats and Republicans oppose him. When asked about preserving the project despite tensions with Russia, Merkel said, “My position toward Nord Stream 2 has not changed,” especially after the recent imprisonment of opponent Alexei Navalny. Angela Merkel repeated her criticism of the extraterritorial sanctions that the United States threatens to apply to European companies participating in the project.
The German Economy Ministry announced on Monday that a Russian ship responsible for installing pipelines to complete the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany will already be subject to US administration sanctions. In my view, ”she stressed, noting that she also expects“ different opinions from the Biden administration. ”After months of hiatus, this project, in which many European companies are participating, has resumed in recent days.