Merkel: Europe can no longer completely count on its allies

Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says, pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.

Ms Merkel did not mention by name US President Donald Trump, who criticised major NATO allies and refused to endorse a global climate change accord, but told a packed beer tent in Munich that “the times when [Europe] could completely count on others are over to a certain extent”.

“I have experienced this in the last few days,” she said.

Ms Merkel said that such fate would “of course” be “in friendship” with the US and Great Britain, though she added: “But we have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.”

The two-day G7 summit in Italy pitted Mr Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues, with European diplomats frustrated at having to revisit questions they had hoped were long settled.

The American tycoon-turned-president backed a pledge to fight protectionism at the end of the G7 summit on Saturday, but refused to endorse the climate pact, saying he needed more time to decide.

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

But EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Sunday he was more optimistic now — compared to after the US election last November — following Mr Trump’s meetings with EU leaders in Brussels.

“What I am absolutely sure after this meeting is that despite some extraordinary … expressions, behaviours, etc, etc, our partners in the G7 are much more responsible than the first impression after the election in the United States,” Mr Tusk said in the Slovak capital.

At the NATO summit on Thursday, Mr Trump intensified his accusations that allies were not spending enough on defence and warned of more attacks such as this week’s Manchester bombing unless the alliance did more to stop militants.


somebody needs to remind angela that she is the leader of germany not europe..

“Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says, pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.”

nice words..lets see action..or was she just playing up to the press in the lead up to an election?


~ by seeker401 on June 1, 2017.

4 Responses to “Merkel: Europe can no longer completely count on its allies”

  1. Merkel has Polish ancestry through her paternal grandfather, Ludwig Kasner, a German national[21] of Polish origin from Posen (now Poznań). The family’s original name Kaźmierczak was Germanized to Kasner in 1930.

    Kazmierczak derives from Kazimierz, a major Jewish city in Poland, made especially for Jews outside of Cracow. Kazimierz (Latin: Casimiria; Yiddish Kuzmir) is a historical district of Kraków (Poland), best known for being home to a Jewish community from the 14th cent.…supplement.htm

    This Jewish surname of KAZMIERCZAK was an occupational name for a cantor in a synagogue. The name was derived from the Hebrew CHAZAN, and it also spelt CHASAN, HAZZAN, KHAZAN, CHASINOFF, KHAZONIVCH and CHASINS, to name but a few.,

    Frau Merkel awarded, 11-03-2008.

  2. Notice where the decision is being made – Brussels. Trump is making a decision at Brussels. Whether he agrees or not to what is on the table, the policy decisions are being made at Brussels. The public is drawn into giving legitimacy to Brussels, and the G7 policy making. A rejection, stalling, or what I think will end up being a whitewashed decision, looks good in appearance but is evil to the core, whatever the case, the decision is being by a G7 governing body.

    For instance, a hypothetical “rejection of Paris Climate accords” happens. The decision and rejection was given at Brussels. Some in the public sphere will be happy because Trump rejected the accords; yet, a rejection is still a policy decision, backed by the public, made at Brussels. The public, therefore, gives legitimacy and backs a Brussel governing body decision. The public is sucked into an “ends justifies the means” event, “just as long as the accords are rejected,” people may say. Meanwhile, Brussels governing body made the decision and people on all sides support Brussels. The national governing bodies are subservient to the global, or larger regional, governing bodies. A rejection in Brussels embraces Brussels.

  3. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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