Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

Gladys Abbott
May 29, 2017

Merkel did not mention President Trump by name, but her comments have been widely interpreted as a response to the president declining to join six other countries in reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement at the G-7 summit in Sicily that ended Sunday.

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

-German relations will be without the Obama + Merkel camaraderie of before.

Speaking at a campaign rally in a beer tent in Munich on Sunday, Merkel offered a glimpse of her world view after Trump's nine-day trip, during which he hectored North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on defense, called Germany's trade surplus "very bad", and brought the the brink of exiting the global Paris climate accord.

"For that reason, I can only say: we Europeans really have to take our fate into our own hands". At the summit, Trump declined to pledge support for the Paris climate deal, and Merkel called climate talks with the president "unsatisfying". "That's why I'm convinced that Europe and the European Union will have to learn to take more responsibility in the future".

On Thursday, Trump had harsh words for German trade behind closed doors.

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But it was a clear repudiation of Trump's tough few days with European leaders.

But while six of the seven G7 nations agreed to stick with their commitment to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement that aims to cut emissions and slow global warming, Trump said he needed more time to decide if the USA would abandon the accord.

Merkel made similar comments shortly after Trump's November election. There are also fresh allegations that he failed to disclose even more meetings with Russian officials on his security clearance application.

"The belief in shared values has been shattered by the Trump administration", said Mr Stephan Bierling, an expert on transatlantic relations at Germany's University of Regensburg. "It's as if he is still trying to win a campaign".

Mr Trump has reportedly told "confidants" including the head of the Environmental Protection Angency Scott Pruitt, he wants the USA to leave the global agreement on climate change, the Axios news outlet reported, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

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