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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Europe needs to “reposition” itself in a changed world as she welcomed European powers’ unity over Iran.
Mrs. Merkel said in an interview with Germany’s daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Europe needs “forward-looking” arguments and stressed that “simply pointing to seven decades of peace is no longer enough to justify Europe”.
Before European Parliament elections on May 23-26, she said there is “no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world,” in which some post-Second World War certainties no longer hold.
She acknowledged that Europe appears weak in the stand-off over Iran because, with the dollar’s role as a leading global currency, it struggles to counter US sanctions as it tries to salvage the nuclear deal with Tehran. But she said that Europe has also made progress.
“Germany, France, and Britain are taking a different approach from the US on the question of the Iran agreement,” she said. “For all our other differences, we even have common interests here with Russia and China.”
“That Europe is no longer divided on this important question as it was in the Iraq war is a value in itself,” Mrs. Merkel added. Germany and France opposed the US-led war in Iraq in 2003, while countries including Britain and Poland supported Washington.