Merkel Says E.U. Must Take the Lead

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe can no longer rely on its English-speaking allies in an incisive speech after the G7 and NATO conferences this spring. She called on the E.U. to maintain rapport with their existing allies, such as Great Britain and the USA, and new ones, like Russia, but also to forge a new path ahead. This speech came in the wake of both U.S. President Donald Trump refusing to endorse the Paris climate accord and denouncing valued NATO allies and the continued fallout out from the Brexit vote in the U.K. Merkel asserted that the E.U. needed to take its fate into its own hands and ensure its own future. The German Chancellor also singled out France in wishing President Emmanuel Macron success in his presidency, offering Germany’s help and emphasizing that Germany’s success is very much tied to that of the E.U. as a whole.

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