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Siko 2020 / Munich: Head of Ischinger warns in advance: “War is on – we are watching”


For the head of the security conference, three days is “hardly enough time”. He talks about “horrible things” that are going on in the world.

  • Friday the 14th of February, starts the in Munich 56th Security Conference,
  • There is everything worth knowing about here Siko 2020 in the Bavarian capital.
  • Politicians with rank and name from all over the world talk about global issues – and sources of fire,

Update from February 14, 2020, 9.22 a.m .: Immediately before the start of the Munich Security Conference Has Director Wolfgang Ischinger serious tones struck. On Friday he spoke in the ZDF Morning Magazine from one “Unusually serious situation” in the world. In view of the “very dangerous” international situation, it is important that people speak and not shoot at the political level, Ischinger emphasized. He complained about the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen weak position of the West, In Syria, Libya and other conflicts, “shooting, marching in, war going on,” said Ischinger, adding: “We are watching.”

This is also suitableMunich SIKO’s motto “Westlessness” ( “Westlosigkeit”). With regard to the motto, Ischinger spoke of a “double phenomenon”. On the one hand, there are “signs of disintegration” within the “classic alliance” between the European countries and the USA. On the other hand, however, the world also appears to be becoming “less western overall”.

Security conference 2020 in Munich for the 56th time

First report from February 12:

Munich – If the 56th edition of the security conference their gates will open, are estimated to be around 40 heads of state and 100 ministers from all over the world expected to be in the Bavarian capital, once again with many traffic jams and demos*, about the most important Conflicts of the earth to discuss. With an extreme view goes Conference leader Wolfgang Ischinger to the public: “We have more crises, more bad crises, more horrific events than you can imagine,” said the former German ambassador in Washington.

Siko 2020 in Munich: Steinmeier opens – Trump is not one of the party

The will open Munich Security Conference 2020 on Friday (14th of February) by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. A time frame of three days is planned for the meeting of the political elites – for Ischinger hardly enough “to discuss all conflicts in the world“. Nevertheless, the Siko has become the most important global meeting of experts on security policy develops and finds for the 56th time in Munich instead of.

For the first time, too french president Emmanuel Macron on board, last year the head of state had canceled his participation. US President Donald Trump will not be there in 2020, but three American ministers will be guests: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Minister of Energy Dan Brouillette.

The spokeswoman for the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, one of the toughest opponents of US President Donald Trump, will also visit Bavaria for the upcoming Siko. That wasn’t it with the guest list from the United States: Mitt Romney is the only Republican senator (Trump’s party) on the guest list who voted for the impugned president’s impeachment.

Video: Youtuber behind the scenes of the security conference

Global trouble spots: China, Russia and Iran are taking up positions in Munich

The foreign ministers of China, Russia and Iran – Wang Yi, Sergei Lavrov and Mohammed Javad Sarif – will also arrive for the 56th security conference and enter into dialogue with other representatives of major powers. There are (too) many current trouble spots, including the opaque conflict in Syria, the recent escalation between the United States and Iran, or the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Some major Western powers also have a divided relationship with China: after months of frosty relations between Beijing and Berlin, the participation of China‘s Wang Yi, who is striving for strategic talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), is remarkable: The Reich had a meeting scheduled for October last year in the middle of anger at a Meuse meeting with Joshua Wong, leader of the Hong Kong democracy movement, relations have been tense since then.

At the 56th Munich Security Conference, almost 4,000 police officers from several federal states are to be deployed.

© dpa / Matthias Balk

The Munich Security Conference will also discuss Chinese efforts to combat the new corona virus and international cooperation in this case. By contrast, Kim Son Gyong, North Korea’s deputy foreign minister, has canceled. The country of dictator Kim Jong-un was invited to Munich for the first time in 2020, but subsequently withdrew his first commitment.

Do “AKK” and Söder advise on the future of the CDU at the security conference?

Not only the political development in other countries is on the agenda in Munich: According to reports, the leadership crisis in the CDU (international press) on the margins of the security conference will be an issue: It is likely that Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who played her part shocked with the resignation from the federal presidency, meets with CSU boss Markus Söder.

According to the police headquarters, almost 4,000 police officers will be deployed around Munich’s Siko. The local forces therefore maintain personnel support from eight federal states. The main task is to protect the high-ranking politicians present, said Marcus da Gloria Martins. The announced demonstrations against the “SiKo” are less of a problem, according to the police spokesman.

Last year, five young YouTubers were allowed to look behind the scenes of the Munich Security Conference and interview important participants. Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko made an interesting comparison of politics in his home country Ukraine.

While everything in Munich on the weekend revolves around the topic of security, CSU politician Horst Seehofer is also concerned about this topic. Because he warns of another refugee crisis. We would experience a second in 2015, he is said to have told a member of parliament.

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

PF with dpa


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