Merkel calls for Europe to control own fate


“When we talk about Paris climate agreement we are talking about supporting this actively, and I’m happy to see India is committed to the climate accord and implementing it intensively,” Merkel said.

Modi hailed Germany as a “reliable and trustworthy partner” for India, and said mankind had a duty to protect the environment for future generations.

“I think that it is our responsibility and we have no right to play with the future generation’s environment,” he told reporters. “If we play with the future of our next generation, it becomes a criminal act on our part.”

US-German tensions simmer

Trump's actions have 'weakened' the West, German foreign minister says
Tension between Berlin and Washington reached new levels Monday after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel accused the Trump administration of standing “against the interests of the European Union.”

“Anyone who accelerates climate change by weakening environmental protection, who sells more weapons in conflict zones and who does not want to politically resolve religious conflicts is putting peace in Europe at risk,” Gabriel said.

“The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union. The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker.”

Gabriel’s comments came a day after Merkel had declared that Europe could no longer completely rely on traditional allies such as the US and Britain.

Merkel's address to supporters on Sunday has been dubbed the "beer tent speech".

Speaking at a campaign event at a beer hall in Munich on Sunday, Merkel said: “The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over.”

“I experienced that in the last a few days, and therefore I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands, of course in friendship with the United States and in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever it is possible, also with Russia and also with all the other countries.”

Trump to Germany: Pay up on NATO

On Tuesday, Trump hit back against Berlin with an early morning tweet: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.”

Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s spokesman, addressed the Chancellor’s campaign comments at a Monday news conference.

“The Chancellor’s words stand on their own,” Seibert said. “They were clear and comprehensible.”

“Those who have accompanied Chancellor Merkel journalistically for a long time know how important the German-American relations are. They are a pillar for our foreign and security policy and Germany will continue to work on strengthening those relationships.”

CNN Money’s Ivana Kottasova, Mark Thompson and Charles Riley contributed to this article.

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