Commerzbank’s chief executive criticized the U.S. administration for unilateral dealmaking on Friday and called for Germany and Europe to “stick to our principles”.
Martin Zielke’s comments come as Europe debates strengthening its banking and capital markets union, while the European Union is under strain from Britain’s planned exit.
Zielke told prominent bankers at an annual conference in Frankfurt that the United States under President Donald Trump wanted to make deals, unilaterally if possible.
“We should not be tempted by the false slogan of ‘Nation first’ solutions. On the contrary, we should do all that is possible to overcome the deep divisions that we observe in some societies,” Zielke said.
“We should not allow ourselves to be reduced simply to dealmakers,” he added.