Merkel signals new era for Europe

Claudine Rigal
Мая 30, 2017

The German Chancellor urged the European Union to stick together in the face of new uncertainty stemming from the U.S. and other challenges.

At the G-7 summit of leaders of major world economies on Friday and Saturday, Trump refused to endorse the Paris Agreement, pledging to decide this week whether to abandon the accord.

At the G7 Summit last week, leaders, including Merkel, failed to convince Trump to commit to stay in the Paris climate deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that "the past few days" have shown her that European Union nations must maintain friendships with the United States and Great Britain, but also put "our destiny into their own hands".

The comments from Mattis come after Trump tweeted on Saturday he would take a decision "next week" on whether to stick to or renege on the Paris accord.

As President Donald Trump returned from his first worldwide trip as president on Sunday, his German counterpart told the world she believes the era of American global leadership has ended.

U.S. -German relations "are a strong pillar of our foreign and security policy, and Germany will continue working to strengthen these relations", Seibert said.

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

Mrs Merkel is on the campaign trail ahead of elections in September.

Her comments came after Trump said during the G-7 meeting he needed more time to decide if the USA would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats.

He told broadcaster ARD that European countries must bond ever closer together in response to Trump's attitude. Although relations between Washington and Europe have been strained during periods since 1945, before Trump there has rarely been such a strong feeling from European leaders that they must turn away from Washington and prepare to face the world alone.

"The times in which we could completely depend on others are to a certain extent over", said Merkel. "Wherever Germany can help, Germany will help".

The chief points of tension between Trump and his counterparts in Brussels were the Paris climate agreement and the core principles underlying the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance itself.

Martin Schulz, Merkel's challenger for the chancellor job in September elections, appeared to find common ground with the German chancellor. He said Trump's administration, for example, was unlikely to do much to tackle the causes of the migrant crisis - climate change, wars and persecution. "She's someone who is very sober about the guys with the big agendas and big egos, be it (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, be it (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, be it Trump".

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