Annalena Baerbock, who will become Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new German government, gave an interview to “Spiegel”. She was asked about the crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border. – You must not be blackmailed by dictators. The European Union must stand together as a community of values, she said. She added that Poland needs European solidarity in this matter. Baerbock also said in an interview that “there is an urgent need to revive the Weimar Triangle.”
Annalena Baerbock will be the first woman to hold this position in German history. In an interview with the weekly “Spiegel” she stated that “a strong German foreign policy can only be a European policy”. – There is an urgent need to revive the Weimar Triangle, Warsaw, Berlin and Paris are crucial for Europe. And although we have many controversial issues with the Polish government, one thing is certain: we need close cooperation with our Eastern European partners – she said.
Regarding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Baerbock noted that her criticism of the pipeline is well known for geostrategic and energy policy reasons. – Currently, however, the situation is such that the pipeline cannot be put into operation. The Federal Network Agency has just suspended certification, it said.
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“You must not be blackmailed by dictators”
The head of the Greens will take the position of head of diplomacy (replacing Heiko Mass) in a difficult international situation. Russia is mobilizing troops on the border with Ukraine and delivering less gas to Europe. Migrants are brought to Belarus. – These are not easy times. We are witnessing a double blackmail on the part of Lukashenka – assessed Baerbock.
– On the one hand, refugees are used to divide Europe. On the other hand, the government wants to be recognized by Europeans as the interlocutor, despite the fact that it is suppressing the opposition. You must not be blackmailed by dictators. The European Union must stand together as a community of values. Therefore, it is right to tighten sanctions and continue to put pressure on the Lukashenka regime, she said. At the same time, she admitted that “diplomacy also means a constant pursuit of dialogue.”
In the interview, questions were asked about the rightness of Poland’s actions, which does not allow migrants to cross its border. “Poland needs European solidarity,” Baerbock replied. “But of course international law must also be respected at Europe’s external borders, of course,” she added.
In her opinion, however, “there is no easy solution” to this situation. But “it is important that Germany, the European Union and Poland act together here,” she said. – The European Union must be the highest priority – she emphasized.
The new German government
On Wednesday, the parties of the future government coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP presented a coalition agreement. It is already known which ministries will be allocated to particular parties. Baerbock will become Minister of Foreign Affairs. The leader of the Greens, Robert Habeck, will act as vice-chancellor and minister for climate and economy.
Former Greens chief Cem Oezdemir will head the food and agriculture ministry in the future. Steffi Lemke, a member of the Bundestag and former secretary general of the party’s national board, is expected to head the environment ministry. Rhineland-Palatinate Climate Minister Anne Spiegel is to become Family Minister.
The Liberal FDP had previously nominated Christian Lindner (finance), Volker Wissing (transport), Marco Buschmann (justice) and Bettina Stark-Watzinger (education) as ministers. The Social Democratic SPD wants to wait until the party congress in early December to nominate its ministers. Olaf Scholz from the SPD is to become the new chancellor of Germany.
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