Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

German ambassador to US: 'Healthy relationship' between Trump, Merkel

Even on climate change, said another top European official here, there may be more room to maneuver in America than Trump realizes. After eight long years, the political crisis that engulfed Europe seems to have moved elsewhere. Back then, there was no suggestion that the bedrock principles of the European-US alliance were at stake or would be undermined by the administration of President George W. Bush.

"They met in Washington very extensively, they met now in Europe, they are on the phone frequently", he said.

"He missed a huge opportunity in Brussels to take some of this nervousness out of the market", Techau said. While Europe's failure to act as a common front during the Balkan wars in the 1990s engendered contempt; Europe's overdependence on the USA defense umbrella has been something that Washington simultaneously complained about and desired so as to avoid a competing actor in the worldwide system.

"There wasn't a sense that the United States was really removing itself from the worldwide system".

"France is one of our most important Strategic Partners". There are a number of issues on which Trump has engaged that are of concern. And given that Germany's leading candidates in the upcoming elections are known to have a pro-EU stance, it is possible that the union could be revived based on a Franco-German partnership despite Brexit. Merkel added that Germany is willing to work with China to make joint contributions to building an open global economy and maintaining free trade.

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The transatlantic diplomatic rift widened on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump responded to criticism from Chancellor Angela Merkel with a new attack on German trade tactics and defense spending.

His philosophy appears in many ways to be a repudiation of the populist rhetoric that helped Trump win the White House.

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A letter from 22 Republican U.S. senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, called for the President to withdraw from the 2015 agreement.

"The times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over", Merkel said.

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America's European allies issued a statement nearly immediately, saying they had no interest in renegotiating with Trump. Countries need to hold the U.S. accountable for decisions that have a global impact, Narain said".

Apparently stung by her comments, Trump aimed a lacerating tweet towards Berlin on Tuesday.

Europeans do worry about several Trump themes.

"It is not acceptable to my mind that the president publicly attacks the chancellor". "She did this before in the face of crisis that Europe is facing". That would nearly double the current budget - but it would still be dwarfed by the $664bn the United States spends every year.

Trump is criticized for haranguing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders for paying less than their promised 2% of gross national product and for not committing to the Paris climate agreement.

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