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Olaf Schultz: Germany has set a pro-European agenda

Germany has set a clear pro-European agenda and believes that the first step is to build a strong and independent European Union, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a press conference in Brussels with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, on Friday. .

Olaf Schulz emphasized that Germany is a European country fully committed to the European Union. German politics “feels directly responsible for European progress” He said. He stated that it was important to preserve European unity, among other things, to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

Gas will play an important role in the green turn

In response to a question, he also spoke about the fact that gas will play an important role in Europe’s green transition, although, he said, priorities differ from country to country. He described it as important for Germany, following its commitments, to achieve the goal of climate neutrality by 2045 through the widespread use of renewable energies.

Schulze also pointed out the role of hydrogen in the process of greening.

Russia-Ukraine tensions must be prevented from escalating

In the context of the pressure of the Russian military unit on the Ukrainian border, he explained that in the event of a violation of Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity, Germany will jointly respond to the European Union. But the task is to prevent escalation. The German chancellor added.

Ursula von der Leyen said that since Germany has always played an important role in shaping the European Union, the European Commission is open to strong cooperation with the new German government. Referring to the election of the new chancellor Wednesday, he emphasized:

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Olaf Schultz’s quick visit to Brussels highlights this “How important is the European Union to Germany”.

“Germany has been very important and will always be very important for the development of our society. That is why your early visit to the European Commission is a very encouraging sign for all of us.” He said. In response to a question, the head of the Brussels Council also said that the EU was ready to intensify austerity measures against Moscow if necessary. However, he said, the EU should not only tighten sanctions against Russia, but also implement new financial and economic measures.

The European Union wants good relations with Russia.

But he stressed that the European Union wanted Moscow to ease military pressure on the Ukrainian border and for Russia to stop all aggression. He said that the EU wanted good relations with Russia, but this depended on Moscow’s behaviour. Von der Leyen added that Russia is taking a threatening attitude towards its neighbors, which undermines Europe’s security.

The new chancellor also held talks with Charles Michel, President of the European Council

In his speech, Michel stressed that the rule of law and fundamental values ​​are at the heart of the European project, and that strengthening and strengthening them is important for the Union. “We need to work together to meet the challenges facing the union. We must be able to turn the challenges into our growth, economic development, innovation and new job creation.” He said.

He stated that the common knowledge and experience of the European Council, which brings together the leaders of the member states of the European Union, can effectively contribute to the dissemination of core values ​​and the protection of the interests of the European Union by identifying the necessary means. Also

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We must commit ourselves to maintaining security and stability by adopting an ambitious European agenda

Charles Michel added. Olaf Schultz emphasized in a short press conference with Charles Michel that Berlin is responsible for the future of the European Union. And as a committed European power and as a great and powerful economic power, we will not be left on the sidelines for the success of our joint efforts. he added.


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