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Armin Laschet wants to put security at the heart of his European policy if he succeeds Angela Merkel at the head of Germany. “We must create European opportunities in digital ‘self-defense’ and transform Europol into a ‘European FBI'”, proposes the CDU-CSU candidate in an article published on Wednesday by the German business daily Handelsblatt.
“Europe must offer its citizens a new offer in order to reduce risks, guarantee security and strengthen us. Exactly like what made possible the friendship between Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle or between Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand, which made possible the construction of a common European house. (…) France and Germany have a shared responsibility in this area, and the friendship of our countries is the engine of a stronger Security Union ”, can we read in this column published a few hours before Armin Laschet flew to Paris, where Emmanuel Macron received him, Wednesday afternoon, two days after meeting with Olaf Scholz, the candidate of SPD at the Chancellery.
In addition to the reference to “European FBI”, an old idea once proposed by Helmut Kohl, whom Armin Laschet very often cites as a model, two points should be particularly remembered in the CDU-CSU candidate’s platform. And these two points will certainly have found a listening ear at the Elysee Palace.
The first is the plea for a strengthening of European and defense policy, a lesson Armin Laschet draws from the Afghan crisis. “The twenty years of operations in Afghanistan as well as the recent withdrawal of Western allies have clearly shown that military dependence on the great transatlantic ally defines European reality more than an egalitarian partnership within NATO. . Those who want to rely on partnerships must themselves be strong and reliable. Europe must define its role in security and defense policy with confidence and determination. “
The second is the call for a more active German foreign policy that is more aligned with global geopolitical issues. “It is not only Europe but also Germany which must define its foreign policy in a more strategic way”, writes Armin Laschet, proposing in particular the creation of a “national security council” within the next German government, “In order to have a foreign policy which does not content itself with reacting but which acts in a proactive and anticipated manner”.
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