Germany Distances Itself from US after Trump's First G7 Showing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered a grim appraisal of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first meeting with leaders of the G-7 group, saying Sunday that Europe can no longer rely on the U.S. and urging the region to “take our fate into our own hands.” 

 

Merkel drew international headlines Sunday when speaking at an election campaign rally in Munich, just hours after concluding the tense and fractious annual meeting of the leaders of the G-7 group of wealthy countries. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are, to a certain extent, over,” she told the crowd on Sunday. “I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”

 

Merkel, who concluded her speech by taking a drink from an oversized beer glass, added that while she would attempt to remain on friendly terms with all nations — ”even Russia” — in the end, the citizens of the EU would need to shape their own fate. “We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.”

 

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