Angela Merkel issued a call for unity within the E.U. at a campaign event on Sunday, stating that she learned over “the past few days” that “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over.”
Angela Merkel’s comments came after Trump scolded NATO members over defense spending & was at odds with the rest of the G7 over climate change.
“We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.“
Why It Matters: These are extraordinary words from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, revealing fractures within the transatlantic alliance — long underpinned by close cooperation between the France, Germany, United States, and the United Kingdom— after the seismic events of President Trump’s election. Times have changed — just a few months ago, Chancellor Merkel was Obama’s closest foreign partner.
Symbolism Alert: It was no accident that France’s Emmanuel Macron embraced Chancellor Merkel before shaking hands with President Trump at the NATO summit last week. European alliances are being strengthened, and the United States is increasingly on the outside looking in.