- Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel Wants EU Superstate to be Major Player in Global Affairs
by ROSS LOGAN, http://www.express.co.uk/
GERMANY’S foreign minister has expressed hopes of a European superstate becoming a global player in international politics, in the midst of growing tensions between Russia and North Korea.
Sigmar Gabriel said it was time Europe found its “own voice” instead of letting the US dictate global affairs while the continent argues amongst itself. He said Europe as a whole, and not just Germany, had a shared interest with Russia in nuclear disarnment and non-proliferation. And he claimed Germany was ready to support Russia, China and the US in finding a solution to the ongoing crisis in the Korea peninsula.
Speaking to Russia Today, Mr Gabriel said: “We have partners and allies, the Americans amongst them – but we are a continent that must also ensure that we are not a mere appendix of international politics.
“In the past, we have often said that global politics are what the Americans do. If something goes wrong, we will complain. “But I think we need to find our own voice.” But he said the idea of a European Army was “not realistic” at this moment in time.
Mr Gabriel said: “I think that at this point it is not a very realistic idea. But we waste money trying to achieve the same goals without cooperation. That doesn’t make sense – cooperation would make sense.”