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Merkel: ‘We Europeans must take our fate into our own hands’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies. Speaking to around 2,000 people in a beer tent in Munich during a campaign event, Merkel said that European must take their fate into their own hands. The statement was understood as against US president Donald Trump.

Angela Merkel has suggested Germany and Europe can no longer rely on the US under Donald Trump.

The German Chancellor emphasized the need for friendly relations with the US, Britain and Russia, but added: “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”

Merkel said that as the traditional western alliance is threatened by the new US presidency and Brexit, “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”

While Germany and Europe would strive to maintain relations with the US and Britain, Ms Merkel said, “we need to know we must fight for our own future as Europeans for our destiny.”

Her comments came after Mr Trump said he needed more time to decide if the US would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats.

Mr Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, came under concerted pressure from the other leaders to honour the 2015 Paris Agreement on curbing carbon emissions.
Although he tweeted to say he would make a decision next week, his apparent reluctance to embrace the first legally binding global climate change deal, signed by 195 countries, clearly annoyed Ms Merkel.

“The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying,” she told reporters.

“There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not.”

G7 leaders went on to blame the US for the failure to reach an agreement on climate change, in an unusually frank statement which read: “The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics.

“Understanding this process, the heads of state and of government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom and the presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement.”

While the whole Twitter sphere tried to understand what Merkel meant exactly, conservative media outlet Politico writes on Monday:

“The German chancellor didn’t just throw in the towel on the alliance with America.
Did Angela Merkel just draw a line under the Western postwar order? In a word, Nein. No matter who sits in the White House, Europe needs America.”

After her speech, Angela Merkel raised her beer glass and drank in the name of friendship and cooperation among the nations …

and for the sake of many votes for CDU.

PS Prost!

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One comment

  1. Friendship and cooperation among nations: she means free looting by Germans.
    Europe and Europeans: she means Germany, Germans and their slaves now (Greeks) and in the future (everybody else)