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documentary contest needs your vote. we selected the top student videos. now you get to select the favorite. watch the top five and cast your vote online at with the mosty votes will win the favorite of $500. winner will be aknowned on march 9th, live on c-span. remarks by german foreign frank-walter steinmeier. an hour.ust over >> good morning. i'm nelson. the chairman of the george
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washington university board of trustees. today topleasure welcome the german minister of frank-walterrs, steinmeier to george washington university. i would also like to welcome ambassador, peter, as well. we are honored to have mr. steinmeier join us today for his appearancesity during his trip to the united states. i should also note that minister higher rankinghe to speak atial ever gw. we're incredibly grateful for his time today. raised in part of the former west jeremy. -- germany. he studied law and political science. had a very long and ill lust reyous political career.
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the long been a member of political party and from 2009 to 2013 he was the chair of the party's parliamentary group. he has served twice as foreign minister. first in chancellor angela cabinet fromt term 2005-2008 and most recently 2013. played ameier has central role in negotiations nato, the eu, within russia and ukraine, and in the 2015 nuclear deal with iran. complicated world, strong u.s. german relations are critical in addressing many of the world's greatest challenges. we look forward to mr. assessment of the importance of our strong transatlantic partnership. me in welcoming
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german minister foreign affairs, frank-walter steinmeier. [applause] professor harrison and the school, i'm well aware on this day few people in looking across the atlantic. today most are looking in the direction to alabama, or texas.tennessee, so first of all, thanks for coming. to talkugh i'm going about foreign policy and not super tuesday. in germany, we do not have super tuesday. from theed many things u.s. that start with super, soup supermarkets, superman, and
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especially for hot summer days, supersoaker. -- our tuesday they are just average tuesdays. will talk about today isn't looking super in any sense of the world. foreign policy. ukraine, thelibya, risk of failing, the terrorism, islamicso-called states. can any one of you recall a time were facing as many, criseserous, as complex as today. i cannot either. afraid i have a few more ofrs to recall than most you. these crisese of
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is far away. we may prefer it. none of these crises is just terrifying item that you read about online. for instance these are present very midst and in our town and schools and emergency shelters. refugees have come from syria. the united nations tell us right now there are more people in the world who have lost their homes violencee conflict and that in any time than any time war, the second world
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the 20thastrophic of century. how do we react to this? to us?es it do i didn't start off with super a joke.just to tell i started off with super tuesday aboute if you talk foreign policy today, you need politicst domestic first. thective foreign policy in western democracy relies on public support. on partisan consensus and a degree of continuity. worriede honest, i'm about it. in germany and in europe, something is gaining momentum in the domestic politics. be honest, i'm appearing in the united states during the primary campaigns. politics appear.
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wrong, fear is an important human reflect. are, indeed,ses dangerous. important indicator advisor. is a terrible in politics just as in all parts of life. the only thing that we have to fear itself. you have heard this quote a million times. so i'm not actually going to one. this but i'm going to quote the sentence that comes right after it. here?e fdr nerds in the following sentence roosevelt says that i quote fear paralyzes needed efforts to
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toverge, retreat, and advance. go out there and engage and address the roots of do conflict and we need to it together as alliance and across thespecially atlantic. politicians of fear do the opposite. in europe just like here. for retreat. sealpretend that we can't ourself off and leave the world its ownto deal with problems. that's wrong. in isrld that we live much too we connected. way.ct, it is better that my country germany, has no other, like
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country, from openness. markets, and, open free movements in europe. so the worst thing we could do is to seal ourselves off. i think it is not much different the united states. the leader in trade and communication and innovation worldwide. walls isk me building the very bad idea no matter who for them. so let's guard against those politics of fear. they are dangerous for europe and for the u.s. they are bad for the world, and they will also be bad for the relations.ic but what is the alternative? one might say the politics of hope. term sounds familiar from earlier presidential campaigns. to use itt going
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because in foreign policy hope doesn't get you very far. in foreign policy what you need perseverance. perseverance in hopeless situations. perseverance because there are no simple solutions to any of these crises. let me give you an example. last summer we reached an agreement with iran. it was really a breakthrough agreement. it makes surese get part of a not nuclear weapon, but also because allows iran to follow a new path. the path towards openness and more responsible role in the security of the middle east. some in the u.s. have criticized the agreement.
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i agree it is not perfect. it is not the best conceivable the nuclear threat, best possible solution. took? know how long it 12 years of negotiations. this at your own university. au have set yourself up for really tough seminar. seminar ranging from politicians physics.r but when you show up to the turns out that you got all of the most of yourted classmates entire school in the seminar. andsmates as complicated incompatible as russia, europe, iran, all inna, the same is the iran deal for you.
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it gives me hopes that diplomacy can bridge even the deepest of rifts. another case of perseverance now. alter the cold war when the iron curtain ran right through the middle of my country, the united states took up guard in western germany. imagine your grandfathers who might have been servicemen around that time, a mention in lookedr 1955 they have at their watch and said, oh, wow, it has been 10 years already. let's pack up and go. then, not even into the 60's or 70's, knew it would all be over in 1990. and yet, her grandfathers and fathers stayed for 55 years.
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and if they had not stayed, i wouldn't be living in a unified, free, and a strong germany today. those are the fruits of perseverance. after 1990, after the end of the cold war, many of us hoped things would be easier now. there was a famous bestseller in those days called "the end of history." liberal democracies have proven their superiority once and for all. so, we hoped that somehow history would not be as hard again. what a naive hope. of course, history is still hard on us. now, it is throwing new types of conflict at us. not just conflict of states a gainst states.
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but more often, state against nonstate actors. conflict wrapped up in layers of layers of interests competing neighbors. is happening right now in the terrible suffering in syria. students, wer can't just hope for these crisis to go away. i am afraid they are here to stay. in fact, while we normally use the word "crisis" to mean an exception, i think "crisis" is about to become the new normal, and foreign policy anyway. but do you know what my colleague john kerry said two weeks ago when we met in m
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unich? he said, this moment is not as overwhelming as people think it is. we know what needs to be done and most importantly, we have the power to do it. in spite of all of my gloomy analysis, i agree with john. we have every reason to be confident. confident not out of thin air, but confident because we mastered even greater challenges in the past. most importantly, because we have learned from them. munich,why i said in now the history is throwing new challenges at us, let us not go through the pains of the old ones again. the world has moved on, for better and for worse. and we have moved on too. we have learned from the past
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and we have developed institutions and instruments in response. an after centuries of a violence and strife, europe has created the european union to live together in peace and cooperation. all the crises are putting europe under pressure. do we really want to give up this lesson? do we really want to risk falling back into the pain of the past? i hope not. the second example. after two world wars, the world has given itself rules and institutions to protect the peace and safety of all people. united nations, for instance
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the declaration of human rights. just weeks ago, the world showed it still knows how to use these institutions. agreement signed an in paris to fight the most long-term crisis we all face, climate change. time and 30 example. after centuries of power politics, the west created an alliances that transcends the logic of "might makes right." may 2 protect the territory of all of its members, big aoror small, or as the three musketeers would say, all for one and one for all.
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some countries are falling back into the 19th century power politics. reaffirm the up to vision of unity made at the warsaw summit. hopefully, we will renew trust. as a fourth example, take your own historical experience. war that painful civil almost for this country apart for the states to learn the importance of national unity. you learned under great sacrifices that a house divided cannot stand. years after the civil war, it is important to apply this lesson to the conflict of today. nationstates are under pressure.
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fragile and failing states are a bigger threat in our age than interstate conflict. that is through the middle east and also in northern africa. i don't think any conflict, including syria, would be easier redrew the we just maps and changed state lines. instead, my country invests great resources and energy into the salvation of fragile states. my last example goes back to the cold war. you know, when i was your age, i was also at university, but my university was just a few dozen miles away from the iron curtain. the line in those days dividing my country and the entire world.
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i remember the pain of division and that is why in southern munich we are not back in the cold war. we should not talk ourselves into it. instead, let's look at what we have learned. we have an institution called, the organization that not only helped us to overcome the cold war, but that can still help us to solve the conflict of today. take the ukrainian crisis. without the courageous men and women of the overseas mission, we would not have been able to agreement.e minsk even though minsk is not a perfect solution and there is still much to do on both sides to implement minsk, we would not -- we would be in a much worse place without it.
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we believe in the importance of the oce. at this time of crisis, germany has taken on the oce challenge for this year. out of that leadership, ladies and gentlemen, out of that leadership will be our continued dialogue with russia. and do you know why? illuse for good or for russia is a reality. we cannot ignore it. it has influence in the middle east, syria, europe, and beyond. if we want to achieve solutions, we need to engage with russia, even if it is hard and it is very hard. almostze that my speech turned into a history lecture and though i do have white hair
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an glasses, that is not why i like to talk about history. i just believe we need to remind ourselves of the lessons our fathers and grandfathers learned, of the institutions they created. you can put these two work now on your generation's challenges. that is why i am confident. o the politics mean? my answer is, perseverance, confidence in thirdly, corporation. the united states cannoot solve the world's problems alone and neither can the world solve them without the u.s. we need to cooperate and we have cooperated for seven decades. in doing so, it have built the strongest alliance that either of us has ever had. the transatlantic alliance.
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it is strong in terms of security. it is strong in terms of economy. and it is even strong in terms of culture. according to season five, berlin as part of the homeland. speaking of another long-awaited series, we want to become ambassador to berlin. but no spoilers today. [laughter] coming back to the real world, the transatlantic alliance is also strong in the everyday cooperation between our governments. i think our governments today are closer, both in our basic ideals and in our daily work on foreign policy than i can ever remember. you can't overestimate how
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important that is in thsese times of global turmoil. the corporation sometimes shows itself in unexpected ways. two weeks ago after a long day andanels, speeches, meetings at the munich security conference, your secretary of state john kerry and i spontaneously spent three hours in the beer hall. after a while, our entire staff joined in and they stayed even longer. the next morning they weren't looking very good, but they said to us, president kennedy once said united there is little we can't do and last night we found new meaning in that. [laughter] see, some of you just
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decided for the diplomatic service. cooperation about dear students, to solve this current crisis. the united states and europe cannot shoulder the responsibility for peace and security alone. every strong nation bears part of that responsibility. take the case of syria. when people talk about that conflict they talk about syria, for sure, but also about iran arabia.udsaudi they talk about their national interest and ambitions, about rivalries and fear ands that israel an real and relevant. i suggest we measure a country's true strength not buy these things, but by its willingness and ability to assume
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responsibility, not only for its own security, but also be on its own borders. with the international support group, we are all nations who have a stake in syria. we sit together at the same table. two weeks ago, every member of that group renew their commitments to share responsibility in a syria. is verych commitment clear about humanitarian access. they are clear about the reduction of violence and the cease-fire. and they are clear about political and humanitarian cooperation. what counts now is that we all live up to the implementation of these commitments. they hour, every hour that current cease-fire holds is an important part of that. most of all, for the people suffering in syria.
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confidence,, cooperation, responsibility -- it is a long list. while the tried to do all that, let's not get overwhelmed by the magnitude of the crisis. let's take one step before the other. let's the pragmatic. pragmatic includes not inflicting and accelerating everything that we do politically. take the example of germany's refugee policy, for instance. our refugee policy is neither norany's moral protection, germany's downfall. giving shelter to victims of worldwide violence and persecution is a simply the humanitarian duty, not more and not less. by the way, the humanitarian duty is enshrined not only in germany's basic law, also in the
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european treaties and in of the which treaty convention, 146 other countries besides germany have signed. i know this is a controversial issue over here, but the united states is known around the world as the melting pot, as a nation that welcomes immigrants and gives refuge to those who need it. i hope we will work together pragmatically to manage displacement and migration today. the number of refugees has to be reduced. east,garding the middle and the main sources for the migration dynamics, for instance in the last year we will only be successful if we are tackling the root causes of migration.
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escalatin -- and d de-escalating the syrian conflict. that is why we are so concentrated on this de-escalation process. if you are thinking this pragmatic is sm is so typically german of him, that is not the case. leaders were pretty pragmatic and practical people. george washington not only won the revolutionary war and was the first president of this nation, but he was also a former who invented the seven year crop rotation. thomas jefferson not only wrote the declaration of independence and ensured separation of church and state, but he also got up every morning to check on his
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250 vegetables. every detail of progress in his notebook. is we don't have to retreat into politics of fear. we have every reason to be tofident in our ability ot change the world for the better. in times of crisis, every practical step counts. even if for every two steps forward, there will be one back. we know that in times of onertainty, we can build institutions that our ancestors gave us after violent histories. we know that in times of change and global order we can shape a new order just as those founding
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fathers did. and we know that in times of weight, webaobal should deepen our confident alliance across the atlantic. many thanks. [applause] for thatyou so much wonderful, beautiful, inspiring speech. my name is hope harrison. ofm an associate professor history and international affairs. i am a long time scholar of germany, a lover of berlin. it is a particular delight for me and an honor to welcome you
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here to gw. you talked about the perseverance of the cold war. i must tell you that my father was one of those americans who was based in west germany during the cold war. in fact, during the korean war from 1952 1953. many in west germany were afraid that the north korean attack on south korea might be mimiced with an attack on west germany. so, perseverance and lessons from the cold war i think are very important thank you for sharing that. ohe l.a. to school dates back t 1898. we are the largest school of foreign affairs from all over the united states. we have students from all of the world, including germany. we have students who are very
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active, including students working with syrian refugees. after i begin with the first question with foreign minister frank-walter steinmeier. i will open it up to all of you,
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foreign politics. this is true for foreign policy in general, but it is especially true for german foreign policy and for german history. german history in the 21st --ll not continue we have unfortunately,
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contributed to the bloody history. i myself have been in close rael.ct with is i feel time and again how strongly our relationship with thatl is markeocked by past. it is a historical responsibility that has become relevant these days. when we talk about refugees everywhere in germany and the -- if you had one million refugees pour into my country, some people are dissatisfied with politics and the actions of politicians. arelso get responses that hostile to foreigners and some go as far to make racist remarks. task, especially
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against the backdrop of our history, to make use of the means available to politicians. againstto stand up racism. >> i will now turn to the audience and particularly, to students for questions. we have people in the audience with microphones. once you raise your hand and i call on you, i ask you to please identify yourself and after question. we have one down here in the front row. yes, thanks very much for the history lesson. it is good to remember some of what we may have forgotten. i would like to ask you a question. lineere talking about that from the 1960's. i know what that was about. i would like to ask a question
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about the syrian agreement. it was a very important step forward. won sometime, but that time may be fleeting. one of the most important issues now are the economic conditions that exist in that region, which have created the despair and hopelessness which have led to the crisis there. there are calls going up for a marshall plan for the middle east. that has been reflected here in the united states and in germany. the program has been launched, of a one belt and one road, as they call it into the middle east. would this not be a time for the world to unite together around us some form of economic development program, which would create conditions in that region which would prevent war in the future? >> thank you for your question.
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>> i tend not to use marshall plan, as it has been abused and misused by so many people when we had to confront different crises over the last couple decades. didn'tly you know, it quite fit the term marshall plan for many of the situations we were confronted with in the middle east. the difference being that after the second world war there was something to build on in europe. you could build on economic developments and on experiences thatan industrial history has been present until the beginning of the second world war. it was only destroyed because of the second world war. they could only be revived with american support, financial and otherwise.
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when you look to many of the regions in the middle east, this is not the case. an industrialized nation has never taken part there. unfortunately, we are confronted with this situation. vocationals and training have no real tradition, but you have to begin at a much more basic level. thatou are right in making point. we have to use all of the means at our disposal to improve the economic status and the economic situation in the middle east. china should be part of that endeavor. taken those have steps they company of years ago -- those of steps a couple of years ago. g8 format,mat, the
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we are right to have established that form it, which -- format, which has led to many of the important agreements today. thathole truth really is as far as syria is concerned, we are not anywhere close to where we could claim that marshall plans could actually prove effective. we are still talking a military conflict here in iraq, and syri. right now it does not make it very likely for us in the foreseeable future to be able to restore economic clarity on the ground. that is how i see it. we are talking about something quite different and that is what is at stake here. i call it forms of stabilization. take iraw, for example.
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-- take iraq, for example. in the course of the last year, we have been successful in acting successfully against the islamic state. lost roughly 30% of the territory they held one year ago. i am making that point because what i am saying here is that 30% of the territory they used to hold. have been liberated. what we now have to do is focus on ensuring that in the liberated areas we help cerat eate living conditions, so people can return to the liberated areas. instead of making them flee to other countries. successful some examples.
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together with other countries, we have initiated a process of stabilization which has ensured that most of the original population has been able to return to the liberated city. that is one of the examples i am talking about. you cannot submit transfer it to everywhere in iraq. -- simply transfer it to everywhere in iraq. i think in doing what we have done, we have given you a measuring stick. we should put all of our strength to gather -- economic, financial, political -- to restore these islands in iraq. that is what i would conceive of.
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yes, there is a hand? yes? >> my name is thomas. mentioned the importance of domestic policy and foreign policy. here at gw you represent the united germany. in germany right now there is no unity. a alternative for germany on the other side, just a coalition of three parties. they are all in a clinch and in a conflict. what would you say is -- we don't have unity in germany. how is this regarding our negotiation position with turkey, for example? >> it is to be taken for grante
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d. at the beginning of the process, you don't necessarily have unity or agreement. that is as far as democracies are concerned. we are talking about one million refugees that have poured into germany in one year. that is quite a substantial number. we are discussing how we should deal with and manage the one million refugees that have already entered into our country. such bigsee another influx in the next year. this will be quite a substantial task. i think germany will be able to cope with one million refugees that we have taken in over the course of the last year. the question however, is how do ensuring that theshorin
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yearr of refugees into the reach the same dimension. when i speak about this publicly, i always admonish people not to place their trust in people who seem to have seemingly easy answers, as if it were a simple question. that will not put an end to the refugee issue overnight. that is not what we are talking about. the truth of the matter is that we have to be sinceredimension. when i speak about this publicly, i always admonish people not to place their and ht when talking to our people. the truth is that there wilma be -- theision, or the one truth is that there will not be one decision or the one truth to tackle the refugee issue.
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powered legislative bills through parliament. close toywhere ensuring european solidarity. there are still far too many countries in europe that think the influx of refugees could somehow be made to bypass them that is not what we would call it. been successfully achieved, but our intention is to work for that. we are working to convince our neighbors of the need to share it. i think we have made headway when it comes to realizing that we have to protect our external
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borders and the european external borders. i don't know how this has been mentioned in the debate. this is a system some european countries have agreed to. with you we have to ensure the protection of the external borders of europe. we need to strengthen the protection. we would have to do our homework there and i think there would be greater strength intending to that. ttending to that.ending we will have to enter into an agreement with turkey. we have to make sure those
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agreements are upheld. the target of those agreements will be that turkey establishes the infrastructure required to provide for the refugees who come in the crisis areas in in syria, so as to allow them to thrive. are going to talk about the possibility of opening up its labor market in a limited way for the refugees. we will also talk to turkey ensurehe need oto that they look after refugees. refugees have the right to stay in turkey for a certain period of time. complies, we will
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also have to agree on the european union being able to resettle a certain quota of refugees every year, taking them out of the hands of turkey and resettling them in europe. these bitter truths we are facing here when it comes to the influx of migrants and refugees, we can take a certain number of national measures. we can work to improve our european performance. agree to trade agreements with turkey and make sure that turkey complies with what it has agreed to. there is one truth that continues to be solid. the people that leave their countries, we know they are not simply leaving because they want to go to europe. they are fleeing war and the
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use of violence and force. if we do not succeed in putting an end to the war and violence in the middle east, the people will continue to go on dangerous journeys using dangerous means of passage in order to flee their countries. interests, in our but neither is it in the interests of countries like syria. we should be trying to defuse the conflict. the matter how hard we are trying to maintain syria as a state, and to allow people to survive within the syrian border, at the end of the day we are going to need a lot of people to rebuild the country. it does not help syria if many people leave the country, instead of allowing them to return. if they go far away, they will be available for the necessary
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process of rebuilding. we will have to track down the root causes of the refugee issue. that is the main issue we foreign minister's have to figure out. >> a lot of hands have gone up. right here in the front row. >> my name is mike and i am a graduate student. what is germany doing to address racism? i see that as a driver of this unity both on the west and on the right side of the political spectrum. that has an effect within germany and in the broader european union. are you working with right-wing groups outside of the political spirit to incorporate them in that process? >> indeed, the debate about migration changes the political landscape in germany. it does happen effect on those
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who know more about germany, as is the case with those who have been following developments closely. we are going to have important municipal elections. what has become visible already is that there is a new capacity on the right wing of the spectrum that seems to be focusing on one issue. that is fighting refugees. is there hey party outspoken in standing up to this party. again, you know that is a responsibility that we bea that is not limited to my own country. one of the reasons i am coming to the united states -- i have come here in my capacity as chairperson of the oce. the oce has a number of tasks.
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it addresses long-term tasks to which the oce has syndicated itself.ed right now, we are using our chairmanship of the oce for that very purpose. pointe trying to d clearly when talking to our european neighbors to the fact everyone has every reason to be careful, to take necessary steps, to make sure that racism does not spread in our country. again, i am being very honest these days and i trust you probably feel that here too. i hope that we will be getting sufficient support whenever we continue in that vein.
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hello, i am a graduate student as well. once again, thank you. my question revolves around history as well. going back to germany in of the 1990's, you had over 300,000 refugees from the balkan wars. at the time the wars were ended, only 70% returned to their homelands. given the possibility that there was an influx of refugees to the european union and germany, by the time this war has ended and those refugees are not returning, what kind of prosperous transatlantic partnership with the u.s. with that offer? >> of course, that is a question e discussing not only with our american friends. last week i was paid a visit by the canadian secretary of state.
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refugees, arethe fleeing to europe. europe tortant for share the burden. i am happy and grateful for those on the international stage who are clearly aware of the fact that this is a global responsibility at the end of the day, not only the responsibility of the europeans who try to work with us to difuse the conflict in the middle east. as long as the countr conflict continues, this refugee crisis concerns all of us. yesterday i spent part of the evening with the secretary of state, mr. keerry, and we talked amongst others about the situation in syria and the refugee crisis. we talked about the ways in which the united states can help give that problem manageable. the best way for them to do so
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is through leadership shown by john kerry. the work he is trying to do in kind of keep alive the of theable with the aim fusing the situation. defusing theof situation. i don't know if you know how difficult it was to make countries like saudi arabia and iran to sit down at the same table. it is not to be taken for granted that russia and the united states set down at that very same table. down at the veryat same table. making sure the agreement is upheld, that is a very important part the united states is playing these days.
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i hope that american foreign-policy will continue to on theuch of its efforts syrian conflict to contribute to this defusing of the situation. if we are successful in that regard, i am very confident the leadee movement will not the dimensions we experienced last year. >> with your permission, i will take two final questions. row,here in the second kind of in the middle. that will be the first of the two. >> hello. i am a senior. as you so beautifully stated, has been a
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long-standing partner of germany wwii,urope since especially for the european union. over the last 10 years, europe is facing a series of crises that have created a lot of division within europe. party feel that germany in the united states can work together to promote the survival of the european project? >> let me take the second question behind you. yes? >> my name is alexander and i am a student here. what in your opinion, are the consequences of certain european countries refusing to comply with european agreements, such as the refugees in terms of their affect on of the european union? on the european union? >> these questions basically belong together.
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this contributed to the process of integration continuing. this is due to the fact that important part of political we were able to develop common approaches and solutions. question mentioned the crises of the last couple years. it is fair to say that there were a number of things where we had greater problems in the last year or so. when it came to providing financial support to countries, especially in the mediterranean senses community, we had heated and lengthy debates and discussions. but at the end of the day, we have always been able to agree. a difficult event
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took place amongst the european union when it came to addressing the ukraine crisis. to how to respond to the violation of international law by the , everybodyof crimea was in agreement. we disagreed on how best to respond, how important the military momentum should be and whether the european union could do without economic or political pressure. would it be conceivable at all for europe or for parts of europe to assume responsibility when it came to mediating? at the end of the day, we reached a common agreement. we decided on a, decision. -- we decided on a common decision.
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that is the background of the situation where we decided in favor of sanctions. theit at the time, i military solution, if it is unlikely, or if the consequences would be even more difficult to foresee, then we would also have to assume political toponsibility when it comes agreeing on a political solution. normandy, wheren germany and france are trying to a treatment of the ukraine crisis. it is fair to say that even if we had difficulty, we have always been able to agree on the common approach. there are two questions in which the outcome is indeed open.
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the first of which is, the brexit discussion in great britain. again, no matter how difficult the bigger debate may have been, has been possible for the european union and great britain to agree on a compromise. of which the british prime minister has been able to say the he has been able to get important aspects of his demands. on the other hand, we have been able to say that the compromise does not call into question the european union. it is no longer in our hands. now it is for great britain to decide. it is a referendum that will take a decision on whether it is enough for great britain. i am not one to make any forecast here as to the outcome of that referendum. we already knew that published opinion, that is to say the public medium, is very critical
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regarding the likelihood of great britain remaining into the european union. i cannot foresee who will be victorious at the end of the day. i think the greatest crisis though, is the refugee issue. i am being very open and honest. i do not agree, especially when it comes to fair burden sharing. there is quite a long way for us to go, but i believe it is in our very own european interests that we should show we are capable of addressing such tragedies. i can't speak for the german government in total. we will not stop trying to that we our neighbors
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can make successful headway. whether we will be convincing enough remains to be seen. our next meeting will take place at the beginning of the month of march, very soon that is. we will discuss the next few steps. i for one, hope the answers we will be able to find will be not only national answers, but eu rope too will make its contribution to solving the refugee crisis. i am being very open and frank. it is anything but easy. >> i would like to thank all of the people who put this event together. german embassyhe and the foreign ministry and particularly, i want to thank you so much minister frank-walter steinmeier for your beautiful speech and for your time with us. we wish you all of the best, great perseverance and strength and hope in your important work. thank you.
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