Munich, 15 February 2020 (dpa/MIA) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday hit back at comments by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier the previous day about trouble ahead, insisting instead that the West was “collectively winning.”
European allies should work together with the US for political freedom and cooperation among sovereign states, Pompeo told the Munuch Security Conference.
“The West is winning. We are collectively winning,” Pompeo told attendees.
And he denied that Washington was now opposed to the very “idea of an international community,” as Steinmeier had suggested in his opening speech on Friday evening.
The German president had warned that world politics was heading for “darker times,” with the goal of international cooperation for peace receding further away year by year.
The US and Europe might differ in tactical terms, Pompeo argued, but they agreed on the analysis of problems.
French President Emmanuel Macron offered a different perspective in a separate session, saying that the West had suffered a “weakening.”
“Fifteen years ago we thought that our values were universal, that we would dominate the world for the long term,” yet now “we are going to be shaken by other projects, by other values,” he said, citing China and regional powers such as Russia and Turkey.
Europe had a lot in common with the US, but needs its own approach to issues such as relations with Russia, he said, defending his call for a strategic dialogue with Moscow.
Europe’s approach to Russia had too long combined suspicion and weakness, which “does not amount to a policy,” he argued.