0351 GMT February 20, 2019
Germany’s two-year membership in the United Nations Security Council began as the New Year started.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested that Berlin would be more active against Washington’s unilateral policies.
In fact, Germany, as the leading economic power in Europe and one of the main leaders in the European Union, can play a more constructive role in the UN Security Council — a role that not only can contain the world body’s weakening by the US, but would turn it into a real challenge for Trump’s unilateral policies in the world.
In her New Year message, Merkel emphasized that Germany would take up more responsibility to help solve world’s problems created as a result of unilateralism.
To do so, Merkel said, Berlin wants the European Union to be more involved in decision-making processes aimed at solving the world’s problems.
US President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from international accords and UN organizations that has led to the end of Washington’s financial support for the UN is aimed at weakening the world order, in particular to undermine the role of the United Nations.
Germany’s constructive presence, on behalf of 28 European Union member states, can become a big challenge for Trump’s unwise policies.
Moreover, Britain’s exit from the European Union leaves France, the only European Union member, in the UN Security Council. Germany’s proposal that the EU should have a permanent seat in the UNSC is a right policy to shore it up against US unilateralism.
This comes as many analysts predict that 2019 would be an arduous and painful year for Trump.
In 2019, Trump would face the House of Representatives, whose majority is in the hands of Democrats. Internationally, Trump would see failures as the past two years have seen the union of world’s multilateralists against his unusual political and economic policies.
The new House refuses to allow any money for Trump’s wall along US-Mexico border to end the ongoing government shutdown, an issue many economists predict would lead to the decline of the US economy in 2019.
The union of world’s multilateralists, comprising the European Union, China, Russia, Iran and India, can stop Trump’s destructive and unilateral policies. The status of the United Nations Security Council and the role of Germany are of key importance in this regard.
* Hossein Ziaee is a freelance journalist.