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Germany, the UN and Europe

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Germany, the UN and Europe


On the occasion of the UN summit taking place in New York, EuroNews chose this as the angle for its series on Germany in the election run-up. Some feel Chancellor Schroeder’s bid to secure a permanent seat for Germany on the Security Council created a setback for the European Union. The EU has also considered the potential for a future seat of its own in the Council. German liberal MEP Alexander Lambsdorf, in Brussels, said the German effort had been premature:

“When the political, constitutional and legal conditions are accomplished, we want an EU seat. That is not yet the case, politically because England and France don’t want to give up their seats, constitutionally because the referendum failed, and legally because the UN charter still doesn’t admit the participation of the EU. Voices in the governing coalition party with Schroeder’s SPD are also critical. Angelika Beer of the Green party: “The fact of Germany insisting unilaterally on this discussion, that it obtain a seat in the Security Council and even the right of veto, has not helped the reform of the UN, it has hindered it. Germany is the UN’s third-largest contributor. It had a temporary seat on the Council in the early stages of the US-led second Iraq war, which the Schroeder government staunchly opposed.
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