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    'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'

    From Der Speigel

    'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'


    In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas laments America's rejection of multilateralism and says that Donald Trump does not view the U.S. as the leading power among liberal democracies. He's hoping to save the INF.

    DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Minister, United States President Donald Trump has turned against a global order based on international rules and agreements. In response, you called for the creation of an "Alliance of Multilateralists" last summer. How is that alliance coming along?

    Maas:
    It's growing. Many countries are seriously concerned that the principle of might makes right is once again being applied internationally.

    DER SPIEGEL:
    What concrete steps are you taking?

    Maas: We have taken initial steps together with France and Canada and are now working on specific issues. All those who have an interest in a reliable international world order must now do more for it. The alliance should be an open network for all those who value the power of law and who feel bound by a rules-based order so as to cooperate even more closely in international organizations, at the United Nations, in the Human Rights Council.

    DER SPIEGEL: Thus far, the alliance has hardly been visible.

    Maas:
    Diplomatic agreements don't always take place in the public spotlight. We are ...

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    Taking steps to make the US less relevant?

    Does Mr. Trump know about this?

    How will the (unratified) new NAFTA 2.0 be impacted?

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    Re: 'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'

    Quote Originally Posted by TU Curmudgeon View Post
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    'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'


    In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas laments America's rejection of multilateralism and says that Donald Trump does not view the U.S. as the leading power among liberal democracies. He's hoping to save the INF.

    DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Minister, United States President Donald Trump has turned against a global order based on international rules and agreements. In response, you called for the creation of an "Alliance of Multilateralists" last summer. How is that alliance coming along?

    Maas:
    It's growing. Many countries are seriously concerned that the principle of might makes right is once again being applied internationally.

    DER SPIEGEL:
    What concrete steps are you taking?

    Maas: We have taken initial steps together with France and Canada and are now working on specific issues. All those who have an interest in a reliable international world order must now do more for it. The alliance should be an open network for all those who value the power of law and who feel bound by a rules-based order so as to cooperate even more closely in international organizations, at the United Nations, in the Human Rights Council.

    DER SPIEGEL: Thus far, the alliance has hardly been visible.

    Maas:
    Diplomatic agreements don't always take place in the public spotlight. We are ...

    COMMENT:-

    Taking steps to make the US less relevant?

    Does Mr. Trump know about this?

    How will the (unratified) new NAFTA 2.0 be impacted?
    Whatever they do, those guys will have to deal with this:

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    TANSTAAFL

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    Re: 'Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Whatever they do, those guys will have to deal with this:

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    And whatever Mr. Trump does, he will have to deal with the fact that 20.4 is only 34.85% of that total and only 26.99% of the whole total.

    While the US is currently the world's largest market, it only constitutes approximately 5% of the total potential market.

    But, of course, everyone knows that the US will always be the world's largest economy just as it has always been since 1789.

    Right?

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