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Kerry calls for 'transatlantic renaissance' to tackle wars, poverty, climate change

Published on Feb 1, 2014 8:06 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, on Feb 1, 2014. United States Secretary of State John Kerry called for a "transatlantic renaissance" in which the United States and Europe jointly tackle shared threats, from wars and poverty to climate change. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MUNICH (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry called for a "transatlantic renaissance" in which the United States and Europe jointly tackle shared threats, from wars and poverty to climate change.

"In order to meet today's challenges both near and far, America needs a strong Europe, and Europe needs a committed, engaged America," Mr Kerry told a security conference in Germany. "That means turning inward is not an option for any of us. When we lead together, others will join us. But when we don't, the simple fact is few are prepared or willing to step up."

Transatlantic ties have been seen to be cooling amid what analysts call Washington's strategic "pivot to Asia" and a shifting international power balance with the emergence of new global players such as China, Russia and Brazil.

Many European leaders have opposed Washington in recent years over the Iraq war, abuses in Guantanamo Bay and, more recently, the sweeping NSA surveillance scandal. The defence alliance Nato is seen as war-weary by many after 13 years in Afghanistan, where its major combat operations are set to end this year, while the US has increasingly relied on EU allies in Libya and other African missions.

 
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