Frank-Walter Steinmeier


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The way we look (at Turkey) is characterised by worry, that everything that has been built up over years and decades is collapsing.
Mar 23 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Frank-Walter Steinmeier is associated, including European Union and Turkey. Most recently, Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been quoted saying: “Our line is, and remains:the negotiations can begin only when Great Britain has given official notification of its desire to leave.” in the article May's Brexit: Europe responds.
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I hope that there will be the necessary degree of responsibility and sense on all sides to achieve improvements.

Even if we don't manage to find the big solution for the crisis, talks like these are simply necessary to make sure the situation doesn't get out of control.

That is all the more important since we know that there will not be any big steps toward a political solution until the new administration takes power.

It is in this spirit that we want to revive the Thomas Mann villa.

I'm here to get own impression of what has happened on the 15th of July here around this parliament. I want to assure you that we in Germany have great respect for the people of Turkey who were defending their democratic institutions here this night. Thanks.

In the course of the election campaign Donald Trump has found critical words about Europe and Germany. We must adjust to the fact that American foreign policy will get less predictable in the near future.

The result is not to be underestimated. The result is different from what most people in Germany desired. But of course we have to accept it.

The PKK and other extremist parties are banned as terrorist groups here. They are criminally prosecuted. That is why I cannot understand the comments made about Germany today in Turkey. Repeating the claims does not make them right.

Dear Boris, you have to understand that our priority is keeping the EU-27 together. Our view is clear and we've said it before - we can't talk about easing the conditions for access to the single market on the one hand and allowing Britain to reject those elements it sees as unattractive on the other.

I won't make any secret of the fact, and you know that too, that I wasn't overly thrilled by that. Nevertheless, Brexit is the clear and unmistakable position of your government. We regret that but of course we respect this decision.

The fight against terrorism cannot be used as a justification for silencing the political opposition or even putting them behind bars.

And that is what we are going to get on and do, and ... no, I don't think it will interfere with the timetable for that process. We should create the conditions as soon as possible for the negotiations to begin.

It's not just a question of our political responsibility. Seeing the images that every day come from Aleppo, seeing and hearing the news, this is also about our moral credibility.

With regard to the implementation of the Minsk agreement, we also have to talk about the special status law, the local election law, the amnesty law ... we both know that a lot of work will be necessary to ultimately come together on this point.

We can only do that when we have enough substance to come together at this level. We're checking that at the moment and we're working on getting this substance and that's one of the reasons why I will be in Ukraine.

I think everyone involved ... isn't and can't be satisfied with the implementation of the Minsk agreement. We have experienced long periods of standstill and when progress has been made, it has been in millimeters. None of us ... can allow or see any benefit in standing on the spot when it comes to implementing the agreement.

It must be possible for a parliamentary army to be visited by its lawmakers.

We need to underscore that we stand by the side of Turkey, and have enormous respect for the Turkish people who rose up and fought the military coup. Perhaps we must admit self-critically that the empathy and emotionality of our statements of solidarity were not heard and received in Turkey with the needed intensity.

We all must have an interest in avoiding long-term military confrontations on Syrian soil.

If it is wanted, we are of course ready to provide support.

A unilaterally declared three-hour cease-fire per day isn't enough to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.

It is not yet clear who is behind these attacks. But one thing is clear: no political aim justifies violence and attacks on innocent people.

Daily that he was not worried about Russia and Turkey improving ties. I do not believe that relations between the two countries will become so close that Russia can offer Turkey an alternative to the NATO security partnership.

The motives for this abhorrent act have not been completely clarified. We still have contradictory clues.

I wish we had more countries represented at a high level for the financial part.

This terrible attack shows that terror is directed against everyone without distinction.

Reintroduction of the death penalty would prevent successful negotiations to join the EU.

What angers me the most is that [they] have turned what was initially an inner-party conflict into a full-blown state and government crisis. You cannot discern that anybody on the British Isles had a plan. Many people are clearly confused that the vote has consequences. In the Conservative party, disorientation clearly prevails and with Labour it doesn't look much better.

What we can expect from London, and quickly, is a timetable for when exit negotiations with the EU are supposed to begin and how the British foresee these negotiations.

We grieve for the victims. We stand by Turkey.

We must not resort to hectic activity, and act as if all the answers are ready. But after the British decision we mustn't lapse into depression and inactivity.

It is completely clear that we now have a situation that allows for neither hysteria nor paralysis.

We did not have the energy, the power, and perhaps the braveness, to make the necessary decisions and this we must now show in Europe –that we are in a position to make decisions, especially in difficult fields like migration.

The shock of the vote is still sitting deep, but these are also days where not all the answers are ready.

The meeting is one of many conversations now taking place, and shouldn't be seen as "an exclusive format.

It looks like a sad day for Europe and for the United Kingdom.

Murder and terror are completely without justification and cannot be used as an instrument of political disagreement.

It's shocking that Turkey once again has to grieve for the dead and injured, who fell victim to a terrorist crime.

He hoped "that today's exchange will contribute to building confidence between Ukraine and Russia and thereby give an impulse to the Minsk process.

I hope that we will make a bit of progress today and agree on a procedure for how to approach the preparation of a local election law.

The Syrian government must decide - does it want to take part in negotiations seriously or does it want to continue to reduce its own country to rubble?

If all these things are making their way back in Turkey – if the death penalty comes into force again – then the question on EU membership will answer itself, because it is in our common understanding that member states joining the EU have abolished it.

Both France and Germany know that the electoral law is one thing and preconditions for holding these elections are another. However, we should take care of both issues. And, of course, the security issue should not be an excuse for not working on the electoral law!

It is my clear expectation that Moscow and Ankara adhere, in their military and political approach, to the commitments made in Munich, and that we see a measurable reduction in military activities even before final agreement on a ceasefire.

This decision is not taken under the illusion that Belarus is changing overnight.

We not only agreed in general about improving the humanitarian situation, but also agreed that the first humanitarian aid transports should take place at the weekend.

Here we need something of a breakthrough. Today, we will try what has not been achieved so far especially, to get better supplies to people locked in Syria and link this to first steps in a significant reduction of violence.

The bombing of Aleppo needs to finally stop! Whoever wants to fight terrorists does not attack hospitals!

The North Korean nuclear program and the repeated nuclear tests are serious threats to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and an attack on the worldwide nonproliferation regime.

The experience of the Vienna deal should be considered as a base for trust between our regional partners. We are far away from a result in Syria, but even if there's a long way to go, we need to know that we have commitments to Syrians and the people in neighboring countries to do something which produces a result.

We're hoping that Ukraine and Russia will stabilise the ceasefire in the long term. We would like to talk about details of withdrawing heavy weapons and also light weapons.

The topic does give us a headache. Right now, we are glad to see great willingness to help among the German people. But we're also concerned about how long this is going to last. Especially if the numbers are as they are now.

It is applicable in any case. It's a form of punishment that we in Germany reject categorically. I just said a few days ago, during my visit to Egypt, that we expect the Egyptian courts to act according to law and order and not according to political considerations.

Usually those are the economic and social conditions in the countries from where the refugees come. For this we need increased activity and commitment, also financial commitment from the EU in the future.

We need to improve our sea rescue, but we need to discuss the distribution of refugees in Europe, we need to fight people-smuggling networks and we need to do something to help stabilise our southern neighbouring states, especially Libya.

If a final agreement is achieved, it could in my view not only pave the way for a solution to the Iran conflict, but it would be the first and only conflict in the Middle East where we will have achieved a deescalation. It could therefore provide hope for an easing of tensions in the region and between Iran and Arab states.

It is too early to celebrate. Nevertheless, with the framework agreement we have overcome obstacles that stood in the way of a deal for a decade.

And here, with a view of the Swiss mountains, I'm reminded that as one sees the cross on the summit, the final metres are the most difficult but also the most decisive.

But any other alternative may not be successful either. It is even more likely that any path other than a diplomatic one will also fail.

This is not just an issue of American domestic politics, but it affects the negotiations we are holding. Obviously, mistrust is growing on the Iranian side if we are really serious with the negotiations.

If the withdrawal of heavy weapons was to happen, it would first of all reduce the risk of further violations of the ceasefire and at the same time it would be a step towards rebuilding some of the trust which has been lost between the two sides.

Still, we are firmly convinced that all reparations issues, including forced loans, have been judicially settled once-and-for-all.

We have never been so close, and the atmosphere in these talks is quite constructive. But we should not forget there are still many topics on which there is still some distance. Therefore, it now depends on Iran, if they seize the opportunity to reach an agreement.

And I want to say very explicitly, dear John, this would not have been possible without the unconditional support of the USA. It would have been unthinkable and impossible.

There will be some competencies which only some member states have, some will be at the disposal of others.

I spoke with Pavlo Klimkin to understand what can be done. The European Union is ready to increase pressure.

In close agreement with our European and international partners, we want to do this (send weapons) to an extent which supports and strengthens the Peshmerga's ability to defend itself. We know about the risks connected with this and we will therefore show great judgement regarding the type and quantity of the shipments.

The humanitarian aid at this time is of great importance as many people have been expelled or killed, especially the (ethnic) minorities in the north of Iraq. The humanitarian aid will be of great help and the German government has allocated more than 24 million Euros for this aid.

We will substantially increase the pressure on those who do not cooperate to overcome the current crisis – and many around the table expressed the opinion that in particular Russia has not done enough to seriously defuse the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

I hope that under these conditions it is possible to bring back occupied buildings and eventually to disarm illegal groups and to restore the power of the Ukrainian government.

I talked today to the Swiss President, who is also currently the chairperson of the OSCE, and I talked to the President of Ukraine, and lastly with the Russian Foreign Minister. I am very pleased that all three have offered full support.

If things go as expected, then we will have no other choice but to impose stricter measures, but this is not anything we want to see.

Regarding assurances that there will be no infringement on the territorial integrity (of Ukraine) I replied that this must be indicated and shown by Russia's actions. What we are seeing at the moment does not yet correspond to that.

Twenty five years after the end of the Soviet era there is a new and real danger of a divide in Europe. I am asking, is this the day when the message has to be very clear -towards Russia that military activities are totally unacceptable and towards the Ukrainian government to respect minorities rights in eastern Ukraine.

It's always kind of the same approach by the Russians. The Russians consider that countries which belonged to their empire at one point or another should not be out of their certain control.

And this transition has to be achieved, first of all, by the Ukrainians themselves.

Everybody contributed to this result. This is not the work of a single person. It is mainly due to the fact that people here in Ukraine have found a way to work together, a way that they had not found in the past.

What the French president presented yesterday is first of all courageous and second, in my view, the reporting of it did not get the attention it merited because of other topics which were allegedly interesting.

None of us can judge these releases in the end. there's obviously a time factor involved. I don't want to belittle it, the fact people are now being released is a good signal. I say we should use them to have further discussions with Russia about legal processes and the protection of human rights.

I say quite openly I have no answers to that. But I'm certain we need to be able to answer that before we can respond to calls for help in stabilising the situation there.

It is helpful not only for all of us but in case of an unexpected death we don't want to leave the question of organ donation to the relatives of the deceased.

He surprised us all with his resignation and, without question, it comes at a time that's not easy anyway, in a time of crisis, and now we're in a situation that's even more difficult.

We have to have a clear timetable on how long we need to be there. Our purpose is to make ourselves superfluous in Afghanistan, but this will only work if the security forces there can work on their own.

We have achieved a lot, quite a bit of it since the crisis and we may only have done so because there was a grand coalition. But we haven't managed everything, we fell short of what we could do in a number of areas because the CDU didn't go along with it. For example, on minimum wages and limiting executive pay.

It is a good day for Opel, it is a good day for the people at Opel. The employees have feared since last year the loss of their jobs and future. And that's why I'm happy that a decision has been made.

We have not stumbled headlong into our involvement in Afghanistan and so we should also not get out headlong. That is not responsible.

I really believe that we cannot go on like we did before the holidays and spend another seven weeks until the election by telling party members not to do any campaigning but only to produce posters.

Of course nobody can exclude the risks but I think we have found a responsible solution with private investors and interim funding from the state. It is a solution which preserves Opel's locations in Germany and also preserves the highest possible number of jobs.

If General Motors goes into insolvency in the coming days, the lights cannot go out at Opel. We have to create conditions for an independent future at Opel.

I am sure that if we do the right thing, and don't give Opel away for nothing to the first buyer who comes along, if we look for the right project, then Opel has a future.

We agree that we can only succeed with this challenge if we find a regional solution for the problem. It's good that we take a regional approach with our American friends and integrate Pakistan in our efforts. I'm curious about the outcome of the talks in Washington with the American government and Pakistani representatives.

Lets not pretend a few political gestures or laws could put an end to terrible attacks like this.

It's not the last general meeting before the Council. By then I think there'll be an agreement in principle. But the actual list of projects does still need more discussion.

The fact that Tehran possessed such technical capabilities means there is a need to focus attention on Iran over the coming weeks and months.

President Medvedev's comments about the missiles in Kaliningrad are certainly the wrong signal at the wrong time.

We're at the dawn of a new era, this time is our time, the time of social democracy.

A time of crisis is the time for decisions. Let us take up this fight. We are the best force in Europe.

The consequence are are already serious. The most important thing now is to prevent other consequences happening and that's what I'm focusing on.

This is also a moment to express gratitude for the Turkish authorities who had supported our efforts for a solution from the beginning.

It is now known that three German citizens have been kidnapped in eastern Turkey. We have called an immediate meeting of the Foreign Ministry Crisis Management Group, and the team has been in contact with officials in Turkey.

If the Palestinians are going to believe that their lives are worth anything, they need something now, not in one or two years. They need to see an improvement in their lives now. That is why this conference is important.

Complicated though the situation is, in times of difficulty it is particularly important to talk. Right up to the summit we will try to resolve the conflict concerning Polish meat.

We should use the symbol of this day as a sign of our unity. Europe, we succeed together, is the slogan of our presidency. Europeans expect their politicians to have the will, courage and determination to act together.

It was important to stress that the result in Serbia's election was one in which democratic forces have probably emerged as the strongest.

Of course, we cannot replace the political will of the parties and make progress in their stead, but we have to create incentives and to be there where the parties cannot go without our assistance.

We can't let terrorism set the agenda. We're trying to create the right circumstances to help stop the violence within a political framework.

I think that Washington's proposal gives substance and credibility to the efforts made so far to resolve this conflict. We all hope that those in charge in Tehran recognise the magnitude of this proposition by the United States.

We will do everything that is in our power to bring back the two engineers safely to Germany.

Discussions with Iran have reached a dead end.

Even though they were well treated, we should not underestimate the psychological impact the kidnapping had on them.

As always we need patience, time and strong nerves. But I'm certain that there will be a resolution before the end of the year.

I think we will be talking about the CIA topic. I don't know if we will learn something new about it.

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