Germany is ready to work with the U.S. on a common “Marshall Plan” to support democracy, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the DPA news agency.
“We are ready to work with the U.S. on a common Marshall Plan for democracy,” the German minister said.
“We should not provide platforms for the enemies of liberal democracy, this is true not only for the United States but also for us in Germany and Europe,” he added.
The Marshall Plan is an economic recovery program for the Western countries of Europe, implemented by the U.S. after the end of World War II. West Germany (FRG) received significant funds under the Marshall Plan to rebuild its economy.
“We can only together maintain faith in cohesion, in democracy as the most humane form of government, and in the persuasiveness of science and reason. There are no better, closer, and more natural partners for this in the twenty-first century than the United States and Europe,” the minister added.
Protesters of supporters of the incumbent U.S. president
On January 6, as Congress was approving the results of the presidential election, Trump held a rally for his supporters in Washington and urged them to march to the Capitol “to help weak Republicans.” A crowd of Trump supporters then laid siege to the Capitol, where Congress was meeting, stormed the building and ransacked it.
So far, five casualties are known. A woman, an Air Force veteran, was shot and killed inside the Capitol building, and a police officer who was injured also died. Three other people died of non-violent causes.