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Germany: FM Mass calls on Brazil to honour Mercosur obligations

Germany, Berlin
August 27, 2019 at 13:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke about the need for international cooperation to tackle the Amazon wildfires saying that the Mercosur agreement "opens up opportunities to exert influence on Brazil" during the 17th Conference of Ambassadors in Berlin, on Monday.

Referring to US-China trade war, Mass said the logic of "My country first at its best" is harmful in the long run. He went on saying that "1 percent less growth in China within the next ten years results in €2 trillion damage for the rest of the world. Short-term cheerful news cannot hide that fact."

Mass also touched upon efforts to reform the WTO, saying that "due to the fundamental opposition of the US - and you cannot describe it differently - it has become more and more difficult. Without a swift solution, the WTO would not be able to, from December, enact one of its core functions - arbitration. This cannot be in anybody’s interest."

This year's conference, titled 'Shaping multilateralism,' runs between August 26 and 29. More than 200 German diplomatic missions, representatives of foreign embassies and numerous high-ranking representatives of politics, business and culture will be present at the conference.

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas spoke about the need for international cooperation to tackle the Amazon wildfires saying that the Mercosur agreement "opens up opportunities to exert influence on Brazil" during the 17th Conference of Ambassadors in Berlin, on Monday.

Referring to US-China trade war, Mass said the logic of "My country first at its best" is harmful in the long run. He went on saying that "1 percent less growth in China within the next ten years results in €2 trillion damage for the rest of the world. Short-term cheerful news cannot hide that fact."

Mass also touched upon efforts to reform the WTO, saying that "due to the fundamental opposition of the US - and you cannot describe it differently - it has become more and more difficult. Without a swift solution, the WTO would not be able to, from December, enact one of its core functions - arbitration. This cannot be in anybody’s interest."

This year's conference, titled 'Shaping multilateralism,' runs between August 26 and 29. More than 200 German diplomatic missions, representatives of foreign embassies and numerous high-ranking representatives of politics, business and culture will be present at the conference.

M/S German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas walking to podium, Berlin

C/U Cameraman *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany (German): "During my visit to Brazil, I made very clear that the climate policy is of major significance for the evaluation of this [Mercosur] agreement. Maybe we should not be silent about this these days in particular. With this agreement, Brazil has committed to fight against deforestation. Such agreements open up opportunities to exert influence on a development in a country which has global consequences and the fires show, in a dramatic way, how crucial this is."

C/U Audience applauding

W/S Audience

SOT, Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany (German): "Due to the fundamental opposition of the US - and you cannot describe it differently - it [reform of the WTO] has become more and more difficult. Without a swift solution, the WTO would not be able to, from December, enact one of its core functions - arbitration. This cannot be in anybody’s interest."

M/S Maas speaking *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany (German): "To clarify this; 1 percent less growth in China within the next ten years results in €2 trillion damage for the rest of the world. Short-term cheerful news cannot hide that fact. The devaluation of the Yuan two weeks ago produced in one way or another [...] I read somewhere that Germany could benefit from the shock to the Yuan. Ladies and Gentlemen, in my opinion this is the logic of protectionists. It’s ‘My country first at its best’. Whoever thinks this way has not understood anything."

C/U Sign reading (German): 'The 17th Conference of Ambassadors"

M/S Maas leaving podium

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