United Kingdom responds to Merkel: 'We will be a strong partner to Europe'

Posted May 30, 2017

"We need to know that we have to fight for our own future and destiny as Europeans", Merkel said. Merkel had described the climate change talks at the G7 meeting as "very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying". "We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands", she said.

During his presidential campaign, Trump had vowed to revise U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement, saying the deal, which he had branded as a Chinese hoax, would seriously harm jobs inside the United States while it hugely benefits countries like China. "I've experienced that in the last few days", Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.

Some of the agendas were especially tough for Merkel, among them was the rise of protectionism and the discussion about the Paris agreement on climate change.

He said German-American relations are very important to Merkel and that Germany would continue to work to strengthen them. The point, he said, was that airing such differences in an honest manner is necessary to maintain the trans-Atlantic alliance.

The comments follow President Trump saying he needed more time to decide if the USA would continue backing a key climate accord.

Her comments mark a potentially radical shift in US-German relations, as well as the US' relationship with Western Europe as a whole. "It won't be possible to stall it", she said. The SPD got a boost after nominating Martin Schulz in January as Merkel's rival for chancellor in September's election, but has slipped recently after several state election losses.

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"You don't want to be sitting too comfortably in Trump's boat, or in Trump's boat at all, because Trump's not liked here", she said.

The United States remains the largest economy in the world, and its military is indispensable for European security, putting a clear limit on Europe's ability to declare independence. Trump tweeted from Sicily on Saturday that he would make a final decision next week, and the U.S. took a separate stance on climate from the other nations in the official G7 communique.

Germany has also bristled at criticism from Trump over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense spending and the country's large trade surplus.

"Europe is the answer, and stronger cooperation between the European countries at all levels is the answer to Donald Trump", Schulz said on ARD public television. Trump reportedly told multiple people, including Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, that he would be pulling out of the deal, according to three sources with knowledge of the conversations.

"I do see it as a culmination of a conversation the chancellor started with her congratulations and warning to the president when he was elected".