Germany’s Gabriel warns of ‘Cold War 2.0’ threat from rearmament

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany stands on the front line of a new Cold War, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, and Chancellor Angela Merkel was making a grave error by following U.S. President Donald Trump down the rearmament path.

Gabriel told newspaper Bild that, in dealing with Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Germany faced neighbors to East and West who believed “not in the strength of right, but the right of the strong.”

With a national election just a month away, Gabriel’s Social Democrats (SPD) are struggling to differentiate themselves after four years of coalition with Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) after a campaign attacking social inequality failed to rouse voters.