BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 P.M.) – The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, that the US are no longer a reliable partner and called for European self-determination. Merkel made these remarks during a speech at a beerfest in Munich Trudering, where she was campaigning together with the Bavarian Minister President Horst Seehofer from the party of the Christian Social Union (CSU).
While Seehofer is known for his strong worded rhetoric, strong remarks are uncommon for the chancellor to voice, Merkel is often criticised for her indecisiveness. But following the latest G7 summit at Sicily, that led to a deep discord and Merkels assessment, that the talks were basically six against one, Trump also targeted Germany’s trade policy, labeling the many car sales of Germany’s motor companies in the US as “bad, very bad.”
In addition to trade policies Merkel and Trump also diverge in questions of climate protection and military budgeting of NATO member states. The following is a translated excerpt of Merkel’s speech on Sunday:
“The times in which we could fully rely on others have somewhat ceased, this I experienced in recent days. And therefore i can only say: We Europeans have to actually take our destiny in our own hands, naturally in friendship with the USA, in friendship with Great Britain, in good neighboorhood whereever possible with Russia and others too, but we need to know, we have to fight for our future ourselves, as Europeans for our destiny”.
Below is the video of Merkel’s campaign speech: