Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands

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Ms Merkel said that as the traditional western alliance is threatened by the new United States 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". Some local media even dubbed it as "Schulz effect", and speculated Schulz might substitute Merkel since she lost momentum due to the migrant crisis. I've experienced that in the last few days. Addressing Europe's transatlantic ties back in January, she said: "There are no unlimited guarantees for close cooperation with us Europeans".

"I think, people should have staked out clearer positions at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, but most certainly by the time of the G7 summit", he said, referring to two global summits last week where Trump ruffled feathers by criticising partner countries on defence spending or standing as the sole veto to language endorsing action on climate change.

Speaking at a campaign event held in a Bavarian beer tent, Merkel suggested that the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in Italy that ended Saturday had served as something of a wakeup call.

"Just returned from Europe". Trip was a great success for America. Trump wrote on Sunday, reviving a prolific Twitter habit that had slackened during his days on the road.

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"Of course she will continue to work with Trump wherever possible, fully aware of Europe's dependence on U.S. deterrence and of the fact that nothing big can achieved in Europe's neighbourhood or on a global scale without the U.S.", he wrote on Facebook.

He added that leaders must never underestimate Trump.

"This is going to be the most important negotiation that this country has embarked on for many decades". 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. "It's as if he is still trying to win a campaign".

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.

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Ulrich Speck, a senior fellow at the Elcano Royal Institute, noted that, no matter what any German politician says, they can't escape the fact that it will be necessary to cooperate with America.

Merkel also emphasized the continued need for friendly relations with the US and others.

European leaders feel more confident now than they did a month or two ago, following the landslide presidential victory this month in France of Emmanuel Macron.

"It's not a choice against the USA, she's still engaging as a powerful European leader and she is someone whose voice who will be heard around the table".

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