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'Policy on G-4 remains same'

Germany is in paralysis following an indecisive general election. Richter, however, said that its commitment to economic reform will remain.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2005 18:03 IST

On foreign policy shifts in a future German government
During the election campaign there were some foreign policy differences between the parties.

The sharpest was over the admission of Turkey into the European Union. The rest were largely shades of emphasis. They were more about how much energy and focus should be given to certain goals.

On the G-4, I think Germany will continue its present policy if there is a chance to get a permanent seat in the UN-Security Council.

On the Indo-US nuclear deal, given Germany's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group
This is a step agreed to between the US and India. It is under consideration and there is an ongoing discussion within the US Congress. Media reports indicate that the UK and France have reacted quite favourably to the agreement.

According to the policy of Chancellor Schroeder and the Green Party Germany is supposed to phaseout nuclear power. A government of the Free Democrats and the Christian Democrats might rethink that policy to a certain degree.

The EU-India joint action plan indeed includes a word on civil nuclear cooperation. There is a clearcut EU policy on India's joining the ITER fusion programme.

On Indo-German economic relations
All high-ranking visitors from different political parties who have come to India from Germany in recent years have said the same: globalisation is here to stay, these are the rules of the game and outsourcing is crucial to maintaining competitiveness.

Indeed German economy and businesses are handling globalisation successfully. Germany is ranking first in global trade, ahead of the US.

Indo-German trade is reaching new heights with a volume of 6.22 billion Euro in 2004. German investment in India has roughly doubled in 2004 with reference to the year before and these statistics do not include reinvestment. Policies towards India will not be affected by any change of government.