Germany is striving to create fair conditions for all: FM

Germany is striving to create fair conditions for all: FM
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. (AFP/File)
Updated 03 October 2018

Germany is striving to create fair conditions for all: FM

Germany is striving to create fair conditions for all: FM
  • Maas: We are again working in the EU and with our partners throughout the world to overcome divisions, bridge the gap between differing opinions, help resolve crises and conflicts across the globe

Germany has been reunited in democracy and freedom for 28 years. It is now almost three decades since the political division imposed by the Cold War was overcome. Courageous citizens in East Germany were instrumental in bringing about the fall of the Wall between the East and the West.

Yet our partner states also played a crucial role. Without their trust in the peaceful and positive development of the united Germany in Europe, German unity would not have been possible.

This year, too, numerous countries have placed considerable trust in us. In June, Germany was elected by more than 180 countries to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member for two years. We regard this trust from the international community as a commission to continue to do everything in our power to promote peace and security in the world in cooperation with our partners. This is only possible within the framework of a rules-based international order.

True multilateralism must not impose the law of the strong but needs to create fair conditions for everyone. We want to work together toward this goal in an alliance for multilateralism, which is open to all interested parties.

The world of the 21st century, which is increasingly characterized by mutual dependence, requires us to overcome isolation. Even though nationalist and populist sentiments are currently on the rise all over the world, it is right and it is possible to work to counteract these developments. In the mid-1980s, hardly anyone in divided Germany believed that the fall of the Berlin Wall was a possibility, and yet fall it did just a few years later.

Today, we are again working in the EU and with our partners throughout the world to overcome divisions, bridge the gap between differing opinions, help resolve crises and conflicts across the globe and promote human rights and the rule of law.

One lesson from German reunification is that true progress can never take place by going it alone. We are and will remain dependent on one another. And that is a good thing.

• Heiko Maas is the federal minister for foreign affairs of Germany.