Politics

Germany and Indonesia: Regional Powers, Similar Outlooks

‘Germany and Indonesia in a Challenging World - Regional Anchors of Stability’ talk held at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry

July 25th, 2016
Daiana Miclau, Berlin Global
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The event was opened by the Minister's Special Advisor on Institutional Relations, Ambassador Salman Al-Farisi, who paid the highest tribute to Ambassador Witschel on his outstanding performance. This was echoed by Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal, who acted as the moderator. The Founder FPCI explained the mission of FPCI to eradicate xenophobia and promote superior nationalism. "The ASEAN Community and the world are not threats. The world is your oyster!" He said.

Ambassador Georg Witschel delivered a comprehensive presentation, beginning with the history of German foreign policy formed by one of the greatest events in modern world history: World War II. "The Cold War, the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Europe are things that drove German foreign policy to this known modern form. In contrast to Indonesia, we do not adhere to the principle of independent and active." 

One thing that is emphasized by Ambassador Witschel is an equation that is adhered to by Germany and Indonesia in terms of respecting international law. "I need not explain to you why Indonesia is indispensable in the formation of global foreign policy, Germany and Indonesia - both believe that the world's foreign policy should not be dictated to by some great power,” he said.

At the end of the event, the winners of the one-month all-expenses-paid FPCI internship program in Germany were also announced. Clarissa Anjelir was selected to represent Indonesia in the International Internship Program and will be working at the Office of Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Dusseldorf, Germany as a research analyst.

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