Heiko Maas (born 19 September 1966), is a German SPD politician. He has been the leader of the SPD group in the Saarland regional parliament since 1999.
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The Mercosur agreement ... gives us possibilities and means to exert pressure to influence things on the ground (in Brazil).
– Heiko Maas
I consider now, as before, that the situation is extremely explosive, military confrontation in the Gulf would mean the whole region in flames, and that cant be in anyones interest.
I have the impression that a lot is being threatened, by the way from both sides, and I dont see that as very constructive.
The situation in the region here is highly explosive and extremely serious, a dangerous escalation of existing tensions can also lead to a military escalation.
We want to fulfill our obligations, we cannot work miracles, but we will try to avert a failure.
This is an instrument of a new kind, so it's not straightforward to operationalize it, but all the formal requirements are in place now, and so I'm assuming we'll be ready to use it in the foreseeable future.
What has happened in recent days acts of sabotage against ships or pipelines are indications that these dangers (of escalation) are concrete and real.
The decision of the High Election Board to annul the local election in Istanbul and order a re-run is in our view not transparent and not comprehensible.
The agreement we negotiated with Britain is already a compromise - especially regarding the arrangements for Northern Ireland, there must not be a hard border to the Republic of Ireland... We cannot risk the Northern Ireland conflict flaring up again.
So the question is what the deal looks like, in the end, it will be about the question (of) whether to reopen the deal which needs the approval of all 27 member states, which means that everyone has to join in. This is what needs to be discussed now.
In the end, it will be about the question (of) whether to reopen the deal which needs the approval of all 27 member states, which means that everyone has to join in. This is what needs to be discussed now.
The time for playing games is over.
Europe has proved to the world that multilateralism and sovereignty are not a contradiction in terms, on the contrary, in a world faced with immense global problems, we can only safeguard sovereignty if we work together.
We can no longer completely rely on White House, to maintain our partnership with the USA we must readjust it.
Stop wringing your hands... get your act together and start doing things that are going to repair the situation, rather than just sitting around and talking about how bad the situation is with President Trump.
We can no longer completely rely on the White House.
We can no longer completely rely on the White House, to maintain our partnership with the USA we must readjust it. The first clear consequence can only be that we need to align ourselves even more closely in Europe.
What the perpetrators did cannot be made up for. The victims will never be forgotten.
We will not be able to compensate for everything that arises from companies pulling out of Iran.
We take this responsibility seriously.
The talks with the Europeans, Iran and the other signatories to the agreement are therefore also about how it can be possible to continue trade with Iran.
After all, Iran is ready to talk. It's clear that there should also be economic incentives - that will not be easy after the U.S. decision.
I do not see a simple solution to shield companies from all risks of American sanctions, the talks with the Europeans, Iran and the other signatories to the agreement are therefore also about how it can be possible to continue trade with Iran.
We reject any relativisation of the Holocaust, germany bears responsibility for the most atrocious crime of human history.
Germany bears responsibility for the most atrocious crime of human history.
We believe it is extremely important to uphold this agreement. Were it to fail or the U.S. to drop out, we would not have anything comparable to it and we fear that the situation would significantly deteriorate with everything that goes with it.
We know that the Syrian conflict, for example, can't be solved without Russia. But it must then come up with constructive offers in return.
We had an attack on the Foreign Ministry where we have to assume that it stemmed from Russia, we can't just wish all that away ... And I think it's not only reasonable but necessary to point out that we do not view those as constructive contributions.
Nobody among us should be above the spirit and the letter of the law, if they are criminal foreigners, in future they will be threatened with even faster deportation.
They don't deserve to be lumped together with criminals. Migrants among us must not be put under general suspicion.
I don't know whether there is still even anyone who thinks Sepp Blatter is the right person to resolve the issue.
If it turns out that votes have been bought, you can't just stick to such a decision. It's important that the World Cup is not awarded to whoever pays the highest bribe.
Expanding rights for registered partnerships is another step toward giving same-sex unions the same rights as marriages, we haven't reached the goal yet.
Whoever supports IS can already be prosecuted under existing laws.
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