Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Europe and US should tackle their relations by themselves

Europe and US should tackle their relations by themselves

"There was some discussion on climate change issues and the leaders discussed the possibilities including in the G 20 contact, there was exchange also on happenings in the global arena", said the MEA.

Her foreign minister, a political rival, upped the rhetoric Monday by declaring that with Trump's policies, "the West has become smaller".

Mrs Merkel's comments Sunday came after a Group of Seven summit at which the Europeans could not reach agreement with Mr Trump on climate change.

"Recent days have shown me that the times when we could rely completely on others are over to a certain extent", Merkel said.

"We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands", she stressed, adding that Germany and other European countries would do their best to stay on good terms with the U.S. and the post-Brexit UK.

Merkel also emphasized the continued need for friendly relations with the US and others.

Stephan Mayer, Home Affairs spokesperson Germany's CDU party, says Chancellor Angela Merkel always chooses her words carefully.

A report from German media said Trump told top European Union officials that Germany was "bad" or "evil" due to their trade deals with the US - according to a translation from Der Spiegel.

"Because trans-Atlantic relations are so important to this chancellor, it is right from her viewpoint to speak out honestly about differences".

U.S. President Donald Trump walks down from the Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY, the United States, May 4, 2017. Merkel is expected to win a fourth term as Chancellor when Germany heads to the polls in September. "It won't be possible to stall it", she said.

Martin Schulz, leader of the centre-left Social Democrats, told reporters Trump was "the destroyer of all Western values", adding that the U.S. president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance.

Merkel said India had proved to be a reliable partner and the two sides had been able to deepen cooperation. "Particularly in view of the complexity of global contexts, a wish for simple answers spreads".

Merkel indirectly warned Trump he risked isolating the US: "Anyone who today puts on national blinkers and no longer has eyes for the world around him is, I am convinced, ultimately out on a limb".

Germany's top politicians have stepped up criticism of US President Donald Trump, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel said the US and United Kingdom were no longer reliable partners. "And above all else we must not submit to Trump's arms-race logic". America's trade deficit with China, at $310 billion, was the only one larger.

Trump tweeted from Sicily on Saturday that he would make a final decision next week, and the U.S. took a separate stance on climate from the other nations in the official G7 communique.

Merkel described the G7 meeting as "six against one" and "very hard, if not to say very unsatisfactory".

Mr Trump has said he will make a decision on the Paris agreement this week.

Trump posted a tweet Tuesday saying "we have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".

In Washington, Trump swiftly reacted to Merkel's comments.

"I've never seen her in 12 years give up on anything", she said. And that was what she was telling her German audience.

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