Angela Merkel Europe must step up as diplomatic player

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday (May 30) to complain about a United States trade deficit with Germany and his belief that the country must pay more for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance.

".They pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military". The decades-old US-Germany relationship appears to have taken a dip under Trump administration.

The Prime Minister, who had a one-on-one private dinner with the Chancellor at her country residence Monday night, said today at a time when Europe and the entire world were facing challenges, the guidance of a strong leader like Merkel was necessary for the European Union to get stronger and united. Many are anxious that Germany's new perspective - along with Trump's "America First" approach to global relations and the U.K.'s divorce from the European Union - threatens to upend the post-WWII order that has provided stability in Europe for more than 70 years.

But after Merkel and other senior German officials, who are campaigning ahead of September national elections in their own country, spent the weekend attacking Trump, the U.S. leader returned to the theme.

While underlining the need for continued good relations with US, Britain and Russian Federation, she added that "we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands".

"We began our German-Indian government consultations a few years ago, as we have for German-China consultations", she said.

In Rome, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he agreed with Merkel that Europe needed to forge its own path.

According to the German weekly Der Spiegel, Trump told European officials in Brussels last week that "the Germans are bad, very bad".

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted an informal dinner for Prime Minister Modi at the Schloss Meseberg, outside Berlin.

The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement at the end of the first day of Prime Minister Modi's two-day Germany visit, "The two leaders discussed Afghanistan and reiterated their support for an Afghan led and Afghan owned reconciliation and development process".

Soon after her comments, Trump swiftly blasted Germany over trade imbalance.

Merkel praised India for implementing that climate pact very "intensively and in a very committed way" and Modi said people had no right to ruin the environment for future generations.

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