‘New Cold War with China’ demands US-Europe united front: Germany

first_imgHearts and minds He said security was just one area in which Germany would have to up its game, particularly given Trump’s plans to slash the number of US troops stationed in Germany by 9,500 to 25,000.Trump cited anger with Germany for not sticking to NATO targets on defense spending and for treating the US “badly” on trade in justifying the move.”I don’t think a Biden administration would completely reverse the plans, but I also doubt it would pursue them with the same vehemence,” Beyer said.In either case, however, Germany must stick to its pledges to increase defense spending while working with European partners to play a bigger role on security.”We don’t want to make NATO obsolete,” Beyer said. “But for our own sake we have got to push defense cooperation within Europe.”He said a younger generation of Germans was less interested in American pop culture or study abroad programs than he had been growing up in Cold War-era West Germany, noting that Australia, Canada and parts of Asia were now more likely to capture hearts and minds.And he admitted that Germany had occasionally neglected US ties over the past decade and bore part of the blame for any estrangement.”Polls show Germany and Germans are very popular among many Americans,” Beyer said, with an eye to rekindling the relationship. “It’s a place to start.” ‘Won’t be better’ On China and Iran, Americans and Europeans had “similar, sometimes identical interests,” Beyer said.”That’s why I’m frustrated that we can’t find a common denominator right now” on issues including support for the World Health Organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, ways to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions and tackling climate change.But he insisted that despite the high stakes of the race, Trump’s re-election would not bring the implosion of the West, citing enduring close cooperation with members of Congress and many US states.”It won’t all be grim if Trump two comes. But it also won’t be better,” he said.”Who is sitting in the White House is essential. But it can’t dominate the transatlantic friendship. Washington and especially the United States aren’t just the Oval Office.”Beyer said decades of post-war cooperation between the allies had built a foundation of “supposedly old-fashioned values” like “freedom and democracy, peace and prosperity”.”It’s worth remembering Americans taught us those values and we’re still thankful for them,” he said.That stood in contrast to a Chinese system marked by “dictatorship, a lack of press freedom and human rights, digital surveillance, [abuse of] the Uighurs, Hong Kong, the environment…”Beyer is one of the few top members of the Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel’s party, at a foreign ministry run by the Social Democrats, junior partners in her ruling coalition.He said the CDU would have to think of those crucial factors when picking a new leader in December ahead of a general election next year at the end of Merkel’s 16-year tenure.”Whoever wins will have to confront these issues.” “The new Cold War between the United States and China has already begun and will shape this century.”After four years of frequent friction between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel on issues including Iran, trade, NATO and the climate, Beyer said it was no secret that Germany would find it easier to work with Joe Biden.”I’m the last person who’s so naive to say ‘If Biden wins, everything will be super, it’s the beginning of a golden age’,” he said. “The controversial issues won’t go away overnight but with Biden the transatlantic friendship would become more reasonable, calculable and reliable again.” Europe and the United States need to face up to a “new Cold War with China” together, regardless of who wins the White House in November, Germany’s point man on transatlantic ties told AFP.With just five weeks to go until the US election, the German government’s coordinator for relations with the United States and Canada, Peter Beyer, insisted there were more shared interests than differences.”Europe has got to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the US to face the huge challenge of China,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

Living the high life is easy in this apartment of house-like proportions

first_imgA luxury feel in the ensuite and dresser.Two of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, while the main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.Other features of each apartment include raked ceilings to the living areas along with high level glazing, quality timber flooring, wool blend carpet and stone tiles throughout.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoAll apartments also include two side-by-side car parks with storage rooms, either a large courtyard or one or more balconies and lift access, while some of the kitchens have walk-in pantries. Looking towards the veranda.On entry to apartment two, which has an internal floor plan of 134sq m, a central hallway passes the bedrooms, bathroom, study and a laundry before leading to the open-plan kitchen, living and dining space.Linen cupboards can be found in the hallway and laundry, while the kitchen has a walk-in pantry and the living and dining space opens through a wall of glass sliding doors to a balcony with a storage cupboard.The complex’s remaining apartments have similar floor plans, with the main bedrooms separated from the other bedrooms for privacy, and the open-plan living hubs extending outdoors. 2/11 Mayne St, Toowong.LIVING the high life is easy when this sort of luxury is on offer.The apartment, which is in a small modern complex of eight one-level apartments, is of house-like proportions and priced at $1.195m.Neutrally decorated, the apartments each have three bedrooms, a study, a bathroom with a separate shower and bath plus a large kitchen with stone bench tops, gas cooking and Miele appliances. Looking back towards the kitchen.“Local developers TDF have a brilliant track record of providing luxury apartment living to the local area,” said Mr Tozer, who is selling the property with colleague Graeme Sharp.“If you are seeking that ‘lock it and leave’ lifestyle, this is your opportunity.” Master bedroom.Located in a quiet street with a leafy outlook, the complex is metres from the popular family-friendly Perrin Park and a short walk from the central business district of Toowong. Agent Steven Tozer of Ray White Toowong said the apartments were ideal for empty nesters wanting to downsize from the family home to a life of comfort, relaxation and style, and upgrade to the latest of appliances and finishes.last_img read more