Germany's Foreign Minister on the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations "We Have Waited a Long Time for This"

Relations between Germany and the United States suffered under President Trump. In an interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses his hopes for an improved atmosphere under incoming President Joe Biden, but also the challenges posed by China, the Middle East and the Russian pipeline project.
Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann und Martin Knobbe
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the Foreign Ministry: "The U.S. will not return to the role of world police."

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the Foreign Ministry: "The U.S. will not return to the role of world police."

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Maas on Antony Blinken, Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state: "We have waited a long time for this."

Maas on Antony Blinken, Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of state: "We have waited a long time for this."

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Foreign Minister Maas with his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi and his United Arab Emirates counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin: "We have become a mediator."

Foreign Minister Maas with his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi and his United Arab Emirates counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed at the Holocaust memorial in Berlin: "We have become a mediator."

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