1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today.

By: | Frankfurt Am Main | Updated: May 28, 2017 9:19 PM
Angela Merkel, US, Britain, no longer reliable partners, Brexit, Donald Trump, Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today. (Reuters)

Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she added. While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny,” Merkel went on.

Special emphasis was needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, she said. The chancellor had just returned from a G7 summit which wound up Saturday without a deal between the US and the other six major advanced nations on upholding the 2015 Paris climate accords. Merkel yesterday labelled the result of the “six against one” discussion “very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory”.

The US president tweeted that he would reveal whether or not the US would stick to the global emissions deal – which he pledged to jettison on the campaign trail – only next week. On a previous leg of his first trip abroad as president, Trump had repeated past criticism of NATO allies for failing to meet the defensive alliance’s military spending commitment of 2.0 per cent of GDP.

Trump also reportedly described German trade practices as “bad, very bad,” in Brussels talks last week, complaining that Europe’s largest economy sells too many cars to the US. Today’s event saw Merkel renew bonds with the Christian Social Union (CSU), Bavarian sister party to her own centre- right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), ahead of a parliamentary vote in September. Polls show the chancellor, in power since 2005, on course to be re-elected for a fourth term.

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    kushal kumar
    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    News report published in a section of news media says that the UK Home Minister has expressed unhappiness to the US on 24 May 2017 or around over leakage of the information regarding the terror attack in Manchester , England. The sharing of intelligence information was , however, later reportedly resumed. At the same time around 28 May 2017 , German Chancellor , Angela Merkel is reported to have indicated that Europe can no longer completely rely on US in the wake of election of Donald Trump. Precisely related to these developments obviously having US in focus , readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer's alert for US in article -- " Astrological probable alerts for US in 2017" - submitted in September and published in December 2016 issue of wisdom-magazine . Link: wisdom-magazine /Article.aspx/4387/. The alert so published reads : - " The months August-September or before in 2017 may raise national issues. Postures of friendly countries
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      Pecorino Ray Ramano
      May 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm
      Who would have ever thought that they would have to take care of their own interests, when they were born into this world? Each nation standing on it's own, is more beneficial to their citizens, than each nation trying to care for the citizens of other nations. It makes each nation stronger; less dependent.
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