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Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will keep pushing for global solutions to challenges in 2019 and also has to take greater responsibility in the world.
Closing a politically turbulent 2018 in Germany, Merkel devoted a significant part of her annual New Year's address to the merits of bringing a multilateral approach to international problems - a style she has consistently defended in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America First' tactics.
Chancellor - Climate - Change - Migration - Terrorism
The fourth-term chancellor pointed to curbing climate change, managing migration and combating terrorism as the kinds of challenges that benefit from a wide view.
Germany starts a two-year stint on the U.N. Security Council on January 1st.
Questions - Interest - Interests - Others - Merkel
'We want to resolve all these questions in our own interest, and we can do that best if we consider the interests of others,' Merkel said in a text of the message her office released ahead of a scheduled Monday broadcast.
'That is the lesson from the two world wars of the last century,' she added. 'But this conviction is no longer shared today by everyone, and certainties of international cooperation are coming under pressure.'
'In - Situation - Argue - Convictions - Merkel
'In such a situation, we must again stand up for, argue and fight more strongly for our convictions,' Merkel said. 'And we must take on more responsibility in...
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