L'ambassadeur américain "malheureux" du tollé qu'il a causé | Europe — Allemagne

07 Juin, 2018, 14:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Tollé en Allemagne contre l'ambassadeur américain accusé d'ingérence

Richard Grenell est dans le collimateur pour avoir déclaré dimanche au site américain d'extrême droite Breitbart vouloir "soutenir" la droite dure en Europe.

"Ce qu'a fait cet homme n'a pas de précédent dans la diplomatie internationale", a souligné Martin Schultz. "Si l'ambassadeur allemand à Washington disait qu'il était en poste pour renforcer le Parti démocrate, il serait immédiatement renvoyé", a-t-il dit à l'agence DPA, après avoir accusé sur Twitter M. Grenell d'agir comme "un officier colonial d'extrême droite". Sahra Wagenknecht, l'une des figures de proue de la gauche radicale allemande, a également exigé le départ immédiat de l'ambassadeur.

Berlin a demandé "une clarification" à l'ambassadeur, selon un porte-parole du ministère allemand des Affaires étrangères, ajoutant que Richard Grenell, en poste depuis moins d'un mois à Berlin, aurait l'occasion de s'expliquer lors d'un entretien prévu cette semaine avec le secrétaire d'Etat du ministère, Andreas Michaelis.

Les critiques s'élèvent aussi dans le camp démocrate aux États-Unis.

La classe politique allemande se déchaîne contre les prises de position très peu diplomatiques du nouvel ambassadeur américain à Berlin, Richard Grenell.

Dans un communiqué, la sénatrice Jeanne Shaheen a rappelé que les ambassadeurs "ne doivent pas se mêler de la politique locale ou régionale en soutenant des partis politiques, des candidats ou des causes". " Grenell veut renforcer les courants qui, en Europe, cherchent à stopper, voire à inverser le processus d'unité européen ", a jugé mardi 5 juin un responsable du parti conservateur de la chancelière pour la politique étrangère, Jürgen Hardt. "Nous aurons certainement des choses à nous dire ", a prévenu mardi le chef de la diplomatie allemande, le social-démocrate Heiko Maas.

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Le diplomate y dit vouloir soutenir les "conservateurs partout en Europe", estimant que l'élection de Donald Trump avait insufflé partout un élan nouveau.

Richard Grenell est aussi accusé par ses détracteurs de se comporter en "vice-chancelier" allemand pour avoir organisé une entrevue avec le premier ministre israélien Benyamin Nétanyahou qui sortait tout juste d'une rencontre avec Angela Merkel.

Ces accrocs n'aident pas à améliorer les relations déjà très tendues entre l'Allemagne et les Etats-Unis.

Enfin, l'ambassadeur américain a pris l'initiative d'inviter à déjeuner, le 13 juin prochain, le chancelier autrichien Sebastian Kurz, qu'il a qualifié de " rockstar " et qu'il dit admirer. Ce dernier dirige son pays au sein d'une coalition avec l'extrême-droite et a souvent critiqué dans le passé la politique migratoire généreuse d'Angela Merkel.

" Les citoyens européens n'ont pas besoin qu'un vassal de Trump leur dise pour qui voter ", a ainsi réagi le député social-démocrate allemand Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel dans un tweet.

Sa candidature au poste de diplomate est longtemps freinée par le Sénat américain, et sa nomination est intervenue seulement fin avril. Après l'acier et l'aluminium, l'Allemagne redoute prochainement l'imposition de taxes sur ses exportations de voiture vers les Etats-Unis, secteur-clé de son économie.

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