16 February 2020 | Munich Security Conference 2020
The Munich Security Conference has hardly ever been more necessary than in these turbulent times. Key actors of security policy came together from all over the world to build a common basis for increasing security and stability through joint exchange. To keep up the dialogue is the key to more peace in the world!
On Thursday evening, the CSU parliamentary group held a panel discussion in the Bavarian Parliament. The header of the event: How much security is needed in Europe? My colleague, EU Commissioner Margaritis Schinas, US Ambassador Richard Grenell, Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann and security expert Dr Anja Opitz joined me on the panel in a lively discussion. For me one thing is clear: We have to speak with one voice in Europe! It is time to join forces and use our cooperative potential in Europe within the realm of foreign affairs and defence policy!
Inter alia, I was also able to talk to the Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, at the security conference: Europe continues to engage in dialogue with Iran. But we also need a clear signal from Iran regarding the implementation of the nuclear agreement. In addition, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, and I had the opportunity to speak: We need to open the Facebook black box and increase efforts against fake news and misinformation. Modern politics need social media but Facebook & Co must assume their responsibility towards democracy in the 21st century. Finally, I met with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Our economic relations with China need a new boost and a significant improvement in 2020. This includes that China must send a clear signal in terms of investment protection. Investors need legal certainty!
My other discussion partners included Madeleine Albright, Boyko Borissov, Ivan Krastev, Tony Blair, John Kerry and Philip T. Reeker, the US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.