Verhagen fears US protectionism
Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen fears that President Obama's policy could lead to more protectionism
8 November 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen fears that the enormous economic problems facing United States President-elect Barack Obama could lead him down the path of protectionism.
The minister made the statement on a Dutch radio programme.
The foreign minister thinks the new president could end up ignoring world problems in order to focus on domestic issues.
Mr Verhagen says Europe should take the initiative and propose a partnership with the US.
The Dutch foreign minister said he discussed the matter with European colleagues earlier this week.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]