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Munich Security Conference: Germany calls for a globally engaged US

US Defence Secretary James Mattis is in Germany, along with 500 other participants, for the Munich Security Conference.

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Munich Security Conference: Germany calls for a globally engaged US

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US Defence Secretary James Mattis is in Germany, along with 500 other participants, for the Munich Security Conference.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen opened proceedings, which will focus on the rise of populism threatening the international order and meeting commitments to NATO.

In her opening address she said:“The world needs a globally engaged, responsible America. We Europeans appreciate the commitment of the United States to security and freedom on our continent. We are committed to more European relevance and a balanced trans-Atlantic security partnership.”

US Vice-President Mike Pence has travelled to Germany and Belgium to reassure European and Middle Eastern partners about the US commitment to NATO and the European Union.