Disturbed by Brexit and President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is touting an anti-America message. “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she declared at an election rally in Munich on Sunday.
“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” she fearfully told the crowd, noting that Germany and Europe would try to maintain a friendly relationship with the U.S. and Britain, but told voters, “We have to fight for our own destiny.”
Merkel was disappointed and frustrated after a G-7 Summit on Saturday which ended without President Trump pledging support to the Paris agreement, which was spearheaded by President Obama and focuses on combating climate change. Calling it a “six against one” discussion, she described the meeting as “very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory.”
Prior to the G-7 Summit, President Trump chastised the majority of NATO allies for not paying their fair share of military spending and also described German trade practices as “bad, very bad,” especially when it comes to the automotive industry.
Chancellor Merkel is seeking to be re-elected for a fourth term.
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