Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

Merkel: Europe must stay united in face of ally uncertainty

"The times when we could completely count on others, they are over to a certain extent", Merkel said on Sunday.

Addressing an election rally in Munich on Sunday, she said Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency have divided the Western nations. "We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands".

A comment by Merkel on a campaign stop in a Bavarian beer tent on Sunday sent the liberal Twittersphere into a frenzy (Edward Snowden called it "an era-defining moment.") Merkel, mentioning both the USA and Brexit, told her audience it was time for Europe to "take our fate into our own hands". Trump also annoyed several leaders in the region, including Merkel, for his refusal to endorse the Paris climate change agreement.

Angela Merkel has urged European Union nations to fight for their own future in the face of emerging divisions with the US, Britain's decision to leave the bloc and other challenges.

A poll of German voters shows Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc's lead widening as the main challenger Social Democrats continue to lose support.

Merkel's comments follow Donald Trump's bid for more time to decide if the U.S. would continue backing the 2015 Paris climate accords.

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French President Emmanuel Macron waits for a guest on the steps at the Elysee Palace in Paris , France, May 16, 2017. He had announced his intention to have a slimmed-down government of 15 ministers.

Trump spurned overtures by mostly European leaders to commit to the Paris climate treaty at the weekend G-7 meeting, a development Merkel called "very unsatisfactory".

Merkel's comments are a rebuke of the narrative that Trump's foreign trip was a success merely because the president avoided making too many show-stopping gaffes, and suggest that other nations are less likely to lower their expectations of and standards for US presidential behavior.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump. Hard work but big results!'

Merkel, in a decision that was slammed by nationalists like Trump and France's Marine Le Pen, allowed hundreds of thousands of refugees to enter Germany. Saying she'll stand up for the European Union project of "peace and freedom", Merkel singled out this month's victory of Emmanuel Macron over nationalist Marine Le Pen in France's presidential race.

Merkel speaks with Trump at the G7. Even so, "we have to fight for our own future ourselves".

Merkel's comments were not the only sign of a Europe determined to hit back.

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