Europe should create its own destiny: Merkel after Trump's visit
Referring to her experiences on meeting with US President Trump last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged European nations to take their fate into their own hands. Addressing an election rally in Munich, she added that Europe could no longer rely on its allies. Several differences had emerged when Trump met with European leaders last week. Let us find out what this means!
What context is this happening in?
Contrary to his predecessor Obama, Trump has questioned traditional US foreign policy prescriptions including free trade and US alliance systems. Trump participated in the G7 summit in Italy and also met with European leaders as a part of his first foreign trip. While he urged NATO members to shoulder more financial responsibilities, he refused to endorse the climate change agreement at the G7 summit.
Where does Merkel stand?
A champion of the global climate change agreement herself, Merkel had been irked by the US President's refusal to back the Paris Agreement and free trade principles. Not directly referring to Trump, Merkel noted that Europe can no longer afford to rely on allies. She added that Europe should chart a course for its future while maintaining friendly relations with Britain, Russia and US.
Trump is a lot better than expected- Donald Tusk
EU Council President Tusk says, "What I am absolutely sure after this meeting is that despite some extraordinary ... expressions, behaviours, etc, our partners in the G7 are much more responsible than the first impression after the election in the United States."
What lies ahead for Europe and US?
The statement can further be taken to indicate Europe's intention to stand together in the face of global challenges. Despite differences over key issues, US and European countries are indispensable to each other, especially when it comes to fighting terrorism and other global threats. Moreover, it would seem illogical for both sides to let go of each other's military punch and diplomatic ties.