- The most important challenge facing Germany is to fight the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting crises.
- Germany's first and foremost task is to hold a major summit of the 27 member states of the European Union in July.
- Germany's membership in the UN Security Council began in early 2019 and will continue for two years.
Germany has a great responsibility in the most important arenas of international politics. The country took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months from today until the end of this year. At the same time, Germany will be in charge of chairing the UN Security Council next month.
The most important challenge facing these two international institutions is to fight the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting crises. Germany is expected to play a key role in solving these problems.
Presidency of the Council of the European Union
At the Council of the European Union, Germany’s first and foremost task is to hold a major summit of the 27 member states of the European Union in July. The meeting, chaired by Germany, will approve the EU’s next seven-year budget and the €1 billion bailout program to combat the economic woes caused by the spread of the coronavirus.
In addition, the trade agreement with the British government after the country’s withdrawal from the European Union, environmental protection programs and climate change prevention, the possibility of further expansion of digital programs, as well as the EU’s immigration policy will be other topics of the meeting.
Dieter Kempf, head of the German Department of Industry, warned the federal government about the new task. “The German presidency of the Council of Europe should not be influenced by the long list of expectations and aspirations of the member states,” Kempf told the German News Agency. He stressed that Germany should focus on solving Europe’s economic problems.
EU Parliament Speaker David Sassouli said the priorities were right, but that the German government should focus on the right priorities. In an interview with the Zoddovice newspaper on Wednesday, Sasouli said that a multibillion-euro budget was needed to rebuild the economies affected by Coronavirus.
At the same time, the EU Parliament Speaker stressed that “Merkel will focus on goals that are of fundamental importance to all of us and affect the lives of all of us, such as immigration, the Green Treaty and the protection of the environment and climate change.”
“We do not need a German Europe, we want a European Germany,” Sassouli added, adding that Merkel was obliged to implement the slogan of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
Asylum seekers in Europe
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) considers the protection of refugees in the world to be one of the priorities of the UN Security Council’s program. Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, the agency’s representative for EU affairs, stressed that asylum seekers and refugees around the world are at greatest risk as the Coronavirus virus spreads.
“EU political and financial support can go a long way in overcoming this global crisis and better-protecting refugees,” Luca said. He said that the most important thing is to have access to the fast and fair process of asylum.
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union changes every six months, and is chaired by one of the 27 member states. Germany has taken over the task from Coronavirus and will hand over the responsibility to Portugal from January 1 next year.
Periodic chair of the UN Security Council
Germany’s membership in the UN Security Council began in early 2019 and will continue for two years, until the beginning of 2021. This is the second time that Germany has chaired the UN Security Council for a month, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is chairing the council.
The new mission of Heiko Maas, chair of the UN Security Council, is to pass a resolution on the pervasive disease caused by the coronavirus. The passage of the resolution failed once because of the US-China conflict. In addition, the Security Council is likely to consider Israel’s plans to annex the Palestinian territories west of the Jordan River this month.