Europe needs to forge its own destiny. That was the message from German Chancellor Angela Merkel following a frustrating G7 summit in Sicily.
Speaking on her return to Germany, she declared that the traditional Western alliance has been damaged following Brexit and the election of a more isolationist US President, arguing that “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”
Merkel was referring to the difficulty in getting the US to reaffirm its commitment to the Paris Climate Change deal. She told reporters that the “entire discussion about climate [with Donald Trump] was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying.”
The Chancellor has also been encouraged by the election of Emmanuel Macron in France, a confirmed pro-European and economic liberal. Some even believe that the Franco-German engine of European integration might finally be restarted, possibly providing a counterpoint to Anglo-American power.
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