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German FM: Europe must step up at UN, WTO as US pulls out

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, left, looks to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as she participates in a meeting of German ambassadors in Berlin Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)
August 27, 2018 - 7:17 AM

BERLIN - Germany's foreign minister says Europe should fill the gaps left by the withdrawal of the United States from international organizations and key regions of the world.

Minister Heiko Maas told German diplomats in Berlin on Monday that Europe should increase its political and financial weight at the United Nations and the World Trade Organization — both of which have come under pressure from Washington since U.S. President Donald Trump took office last year.

He also urged Europe to step up its activities in the Western Balkans, in the Mideast and in Africa, warning that "the cost of war, poverty and displacement in our neighbourhood ... is borne by us Europeans."

Maas said while Europe should seek to "rebalance" its relationship with Washington, "the goal is never 'Europe first.'"

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