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Angela Merkel claims Brexit talks will be about STRENGTHENING Europe

03 June 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel even said on Sunday that Germany can no longer fully rely on the US.

Those comments, which sent shock waves through Washington, vented Europe's frustration with Trump on climate policy in particular.

"That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future", she said.

At the G7 summit of wealthy nations this weekend, European and Canadian officials warned Trump that the USA risked ceding global leadership on combating climate change to China if it withdrew from the pact.

And while German politicians sided with Ms Merkel, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel signalled that it was time for cooler heads to prevail.

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He added that "it is essential that the decision of the United States does not weaken global resolve".

Speaking after a meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she went out of her way to laud the South Asian country as a "reliable partner" on major projects and noted that India was working hard to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Martin Schulz, leader of the centre-left Social Democrats, told reporters Trump was "the destroyer of all Western values", and was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations. He added that the U.S. president was undermining the peaceful cooperation of nations based on mutual respect and tolerance.

Not only does the spat continue but Merkel has seized upon it as an opportunity - in the wake of the election of Emmanuel Macron as a pro-Europe French president - to rally Europe around her leadership.

Amid media reports that the United States was to allegedly withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Donald Trump tweeted yesterday that he would soon declare his intentions.

Merkel tried to ease the dispute Tuesday by saying "transatlantic relations are of paramount importance".

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"That's great", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday in reaction to Merkel's remarks.

The press secretary's comments came after Trump, on the social media platrform, said Germany was paying well below its share for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Following Merkel's appearance at the rally in Munich her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reports that relations between the USA and Germany "are a firm pillar in our foreign and security policy". If "climate change" is the main cause of the tension, then a debate about it should take place with climate scientists from both sides participating, something that is rarely if ever seen because climate change fanatics behave like cult members, ignoring all contrary evidence and intimidating and silencing opposing views.

Merkel said she reached that conclusion after the G7 and NATO Summits, in which Trump took part and during which the differences between the policies of the new USA administration and its allies in Europe and elsewhere became patently obvious.

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Angela Merkel claims Brexit talks will be about STRENGTHENING Europe