Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance

Posted May 31, 2017

Trip was a great success for America.

In turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested over the weekend that her country's relationship with the U.S. had shifted.

Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, accused President Donald Trump of putting peace in Europe at risk Monday by "moving away from Western ideas". With the United States less willing to intervene overseas, Germany is becoming an increasingly dominant power in a partnership with France. -German relations? And what would Europeans do differently if they did take their fate into their own hands?

"In that time most of our European Union allies have failed to maintain their defence spending expecting that we were going to keep on paying forever", he said. In the last two-three months, both Trump and Merkel have been in the news, mostly because of US' high-handed approach towards Germany. How would you imagine Merkel has experienced that visit?

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While talking about the protectionist and anti-immigrant sentiments, Modi asked Europe to ensure that the global economy remains open for worldwide trade and free flow of investment and people.

SIEGEL: Merkel is campaigning in Germany.

Below are some of the factors which may have prompted Merkel to make her remarks. "I am very optimistic about this partnership", he added.

He referred to the "loss of the U.S. as an important nation" and said that while it was important to maintain dialogue with Washington, Europe needed to become stronger and Germany needed to be more prepared to work with its European Union peers. And I think in a certain sense, that's healthy.

Her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters Merkel felt it was right to flag differences in Germany's ties with the United States in order to maintain healthy relations.

SIEGEL: How do you imagine, though, Anne Applebaum, translating that thinking into action? German defense spending is below that goal.

HM: How do you think [Trump] will respond to the chancellor's comments?

Modi, describes terrorism as the gravest challenge faced by humanity, urges Europe to play a lead role in fighting it with support of the UN.

SIEGEL: How does all this look to Moscow?

Merkel is concerned that the long-standing allies are drifting in a new direction, with Donald Trump in the US and post-Brexit Britain.

APPLEBAUM: Look, it's been an aim of Russian foreign policy for many, many decades. "So a really hard Brexit could indeed raise questions about Britain's commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - particularly if the United States is also pulling back from the western alliance". But these are very important relationships.