Trump views Germany as political opponent: senior SPD lawmaker

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2017

She dismissed any talk that Germany was shifting away from its old ally and pivoting East, after she hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks and with meetings planned later this week with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

"The discussions with the United States of America are just as important as with other partners - the transatlantic relations is of incredible importance", she said during a joint news conference with Modi. "And so all I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands".

Modi's public support comes at a crucial time for Merkel, who has been fighting secessionist tendencies within the bloc since Britain chose to leave the 28-member grouping through a referendum in June past year. Highlighting that this is Modi's second bilateral visit to Germany since 2015, she said that the ease of doing business in India and the fast track mechanism set up in 2015 to assist German businesses work in India received appreciation from the German side.

"I think that it is our responsibility and we have no right to play with the future generation's environment", he told reporters.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was blunter on Monday, slamming the U.S. president's "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests.

Overall, the European investments in India should also be doubled to at least 1.5 per cent from the current nominal level of 0.7 per cent of their global investments, according to Singh who has also served as ambassador to Indonesia, Ethiopia, ASEAN and African Union.

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

In her remarks, Chancellor Merkel said that she and Modi discussed in detail the issue of terrorism at the dinner Monday night and agreed that both the countries suffer from the consequences of terrorism.

Germany has also bristled at criticism from Trump over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending and the country's large trade surplus. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", he tweeted.

Trump spent the latter part of his first foreign tour in Europe and met Merkel at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and a meeting of G-7 leaders.

Tension between Germany and the United States intensified Tuesday with President Donald Trump accusing the longtime U.S. ally of hurting the USA financially.

She also noted that Merkel is seeking a fourth term as chancellor in September, and does not want to be seen as being too close to an American president who is widely disliked in Europe.

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