Back off, Trump: Germany wants to Make Europe Strong Again

The German government has settled on “Gemeinsam. Europa wieder stark machen” — which translates into English as “Together. Making Europe strong again” — as its slogan for the country’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU, which kicks off on July 1.

The official English motto is a less Trumpian “Together for Europe’s recovery,” however.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Friday that the motto — launched along with a Möbius strip logo and website — aims to illustrate the German presidency will have to “find compromises and solutions to tackle the challenges posed by the corona pandemic” across Europe.

The logo is meant to symbolize “joint action emerging from the EU’s diversity again and again,” he said.