With the U.S. embracing increased protectionism despite its posturing in the G7 meet, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced the markings on the wall.
The executive summary of last week’s G7 and NATO meeting, comes down to just one line, which was clearly voiced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe can no longer completely rely on the U.S. for its security.
Although Merkel did not mention U.S. President Donald Trump by name, who incidentally criticized Washington’s major NATO allies and refused to endorse a global climate pact, she told a packed audience that the days when Europe could completely count on others were “over to a certain extent”.
“I have experienced this in the last few days. And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands – of course in friendship with the United States of America, in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbors wherever that is possible also with other countries, even with Russia. But we have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans,” said Merkel.
The two-day G7 summit in Italy, saw the U.S. President pitted against world leaders from France, Germany, Britain, Japan, Italy and Canada on not just one, but several issues.
European diplomats felt frustrated at having to revisit several questions that were long settled.
Although Donald Trump has pledged to fight protectionism towards the end of the summit on Saturday, he however preferred to do the ostrich act on the climate accord, saying he needs more time to decide.
“What I am absolutely sure after this meeting is that despite some extraordinary … expressions, behaviors, etc, etc, our partners in the G7 are much more responsible than the first impression after the election in the United States,” said Donald Tusk, EU’s Council President.
On what could amount to rubbing salt on wounds, Trump intensified his attacks on Washington’s NATO allies and stated they weren’t spending enough on defense. He warned of Manchester-styled bombing attacks in the coming years and urged NATO allies to do more to stop militants.