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

German Foreign Minister: Europe Mustn't Comply with Trump's Policies

German Foreign Minister: Europe Mustn't Comply with Trump's Policies

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and India heaped mutual praise upon each other Tuesday — each referring to the other as a "reliable partner" in a notable contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent public doubts about Germany's ties with the United States.

Germany has also bristled at criticism from Trump over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending and the country's large trade surplus, and it's also an election year, for Merkel who is seeking her fourth term as chancellor in September.

Merkel's remarks came after a Group of Seven summit at which the Europeans couldn't reach an agreement with Trump on climate change.

Merkel, during a campaign in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, said following the election of the U.S President Donald Trump and Brexit, Europeans "really have to take destiny into their own hands".

Speaking at a joint news conference with Modi, she reiterated her view that "we need to take our fate in Europe into our own hands".

HM: What do you think it is about her interactions with President Trump that has convinced Chancellor Merkel that the U.S.is an unreliable partner? "I have experienced that over the last several days".

Although she did not mention any name, it was clear that the most influential leader in Europe, Angela Merkel of Germany, alluded to U.S. President Trump.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was blunter yesterday, slamming the U.S. president's "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests. "The short-sighted policy of the American government is against the interests of the European Union". That Trump dares to contradict Merkel is somehow a thunderbolt in a Germany so accustomed to that no one disputes its policy.

On Sunday she said Germany and Europe wanted friendly relations with the U.S. and United Kingdom as well as with other regional powers, such as Russian Federation.

Modi signalled that he'll stick to agreements made under the Paris climate accord even if the United States pulls out.

It is "the order of the day to oppose this man with everything that we stand for", Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz, who is challenging Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany's September election, said at a party event.

Just 24 hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Europe could no longer completely rely on traditional allies such as the USA and Britain, the country's top diplomat, Sigmar Gabriel, went a step further.

Trump has also repeatedly criticised Germany its persistent trade surplus with the US.

The German Chancellor said that Berlin wants to develop ties with New Delhi but not at the cost of its trans-Atlantic relationship, Reuters reported.

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