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Monday, 29 May 2017

US and UK no longer fully reliable partners? Chancellor Merkel on "TrumpUndBrexit"; a Historic Split?

Historic split?

From Yahoo News

EU Observer report - Merkel: Europe cannot rely on its allies anymore

"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 neighbours wherever that is possible also with other countries, even with Russia...The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days."

Angela Merkel: EU cannot completely rely on US and Britain any more, The Guardian

"Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US president".

Amber Rudd to Angela Merkel: You can depend on the UK

"Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, she said: "As we begin the negotiations about leaving the EU, we will be able to reassure Germany and other European countries that we are going to be a strong partner to them in defence and security, and, we hope, in trade...We can reassure Mrs Merkel that we want to have a deep and special partnership so that we can continue to maintain European-wide security to keep us all safe from the terrorists abroad and those that are trying to be nurtured in our country."

Svenska Dagbladet: Historisk spricka – Merkel besviken på Trump

"Tysklands förbundskansler Angela Merkel talade på söndagskvällen och pekade på kommande samarbetssvårigheter både med USA och Storbritannien.

– Tiderna när vi kunde förlita på andra fullständigt är på väg ut. Vi inom EU måste ta vårt öde i egna händer, säger hon".

"Angela Merkel talade i München på söndagskvällen, just hemkommen från G7-mötet på Sicilien. Den tyska förbundskanslern underströk att västvärldens allians som upprätthållits sedan andra världskriget har blivit underminerad av brexit och faktumet att Donald Trump valts till USA:s president".

"The German Chancellor underlined that the Western alliance that has been maintained since World War II has been undermined by Brexit and the fact that Donald Trump been elected US president".

How to understand Angela Merkel’s comments about America and Britain, The Economist

"Her final audience comprised America and Britain themselves. However unfairly, many in the German elite talk about the election of Mr Trump and the vote for Brexit as a single phenomenon (call it “Trumpandbrexit”). Berlin tends to underestimate its own strengths, but it does believe it can help shape Trumpandbrexit at the edges with a combination of stick and carrot. Mrs Merkel has some carrots: insisting that Britain should not be punished for Brexit, resisting Mr Trump’s irritable barbs in Washington and enrapturing him during that visit with hair-raising talk of the dangers of global pandemics. But she also has sticks: reminding the British that they have conclusively forfeited the privileges of EU membership and stipulating that co-operation with Mr Trump will be “on the basis of shared values”.

From Spiegel Online: A Trans-Atlantic Turning Point - What Was Merkel Thinking?

"An historical turning point or mere campaign bluster? Chancellor Angela Merkel's Sunday speech on relations with Donald Trump's America has raised eyebrows the world over. What did she mean?"

From Washington Post: Following Trump’s trip, Merkel says Europe can’t rely on ‘others.’ She means the U.S.

"It was an unusually stark declaration from the normally cautious head of Europe’s most powerful economy, and a grim take on the transatlantic ties that have underpinned Western security in the generations since World War II. Although relations between Washington and Europe have been strained at times since 1945, before Trump there has rarely been such a strong feeling from European leaders that they must turn away from Washington and prepare to face the world alone".

Even Angela Merkel’s political rivals are on her side against Trump

‘The Germans are bad, very bad’: Trump’s alleged slight generates confusion, backlash, Washington Post

Merkel: Europe can no longer rely on US and Britain, Deutsche Welle (DW)

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