Merkel Signals New Era for Europe as Trump Smashes Consensus

May 29, 2017, 04:12
Merkel Signals New Era for Europe as Trump Smashes Consensus

The remarks were a clear repudiation of Trump's troubled few days with European leaders, even as Merkel held back from mentioning the US President by name.

Angela Merkel, who expressed frustration during the G7 summit over the possible withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate agreement, has now told a political rally that she thinks Germany and Europe can no longer count on the U.S. She stated, "The times in which we could rely on others are on the way out". She said that Europeans "must really take our destiny into our own hands, "Agence France Presse reported".

Though she did not mention them by name, Merkel was most likely referring to the fractured relationship Germany now shares with the U.S., as well as with the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lifts a glass of beer during an election campaign of her Christian Democratic Union, CDU, and the Christian Social Union, CSU, in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

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But EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Sunday he was more optimistic now than after the US election last November after EU leaders held talks with Trump in Brussels.

The G7 summit featured a major split between the seven world leaders when Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accord.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", she told reporters.

Mr Trump - who returned from his nine-day worldwide trip on Saturday - had a different take. But in the United States, President Donald Trump hailed his first foreign trip as a big success.

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According to polls, the sister parties are expected to win the upcoming general election, securing Merkel a fourth term as Germany Chancellor.

The landslide election in France of President Emmanuel Macron this month has revived hopes for Franco-German cooperation on efforts to bolster European defence initiatives.

Why it matters: Whether awkwardly shaking hands with Macron or pushing Montenegro's leader out of the way so he could be front and center in a photograph, Trump didn't play nicely with his fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

Mrs Merkel said the European Union nations had to "take our destiny into our own hands" although she emphasised the need to keep friendly relations with the USA and Britain, while stressing the importance of being good neighbours wherever possible, including with Russian Federation.

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