Germany has achieved a lot through open markets and international trade. Our exports are enormously successful and are in demand all over the world.
So it is inexplicable why a new isolationism has run rampant in this country recently. If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between Europe and the United States were to be indiscriminately rejected, it would be nothing short of isolationism.
There are already strong business ties between Germany and the United States. The country is our most important export market outside Europe and the most important investment location for our companies.
Just as significant is that Germany and the European Union share fundamental values with the United States – democracy, rule of law and human rights. Those have unfortunately not been a high priority in many other countries in the world.