Germany says Merkel's suggestion 'speaks for itself'

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held "very good" discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues like the Brexit consequences, trade and radicalisation in the context of recent terror attacks in Europe. "The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker", Gabriel said on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Ms Merkel said the traditional western alliance was threatened by the new USA presidency and Brexit, and "the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days".

Merkel, who concluded her speech by taking a drink from an oversized beer glass, added that while she would attempt to remain on friendly terms with all nations - "even Russia" - in the end, the citizens of the European Union would need to shape their own fate.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to discuss her vision for expanding the country's strategic partnership with India during a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi late Monday evening, when the two leaders meet at the Baroque castle of Meseberg, 65 km north of the capital.

"Because trans-Atlantic relations are so important to this chancellor, it is right from her viewpoint to speak out honestly about differences", Seibert said.

As the American delegation travelled back to Washington over the weekend, White House officials said Mr Trump had succeeded in delivering a blunt message about self-reliance to American allies in Europe.

Merkel's remarks, made to her Christian Democrat party's Bavarian allies, were particularly striking as the chancellor, a fan of the United States as a teenager in Communist East Germany, has always been known as a resolute Atlanticist.

Merkel's conservatives have built up a comfortable double-digit lead over their main rivals, the Social Democrats (SPD), in opinion polls ahead of a German election on September 24.

"You don't want to be sitting too comfortably in Trump's boat, or in Trump's boat at all, because Trump's not liked here", she said. "But anyone who puts on national blinkers and has no view of the world around him will ultimately get lost".

Days earlier, in Saudi Arabia, Trump had presided over the single largest USA arms deal in American history, worth $110 billion over the next decade and including ships, tanks and anti-missile systems.

And Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, also a Social Democrat, said Monday that if the Trump administration "finds pushing through national interests more important than an worldwide order. then I say that the West has become smaller - it has at least become weaker". "We will also strengthen cooperation in cyber security and aviation security", Prime Minister Modi said while issuing a joint statement here.

"Of course in friendship with the United States of America, of course in friendship with Great Britain".

Mrs. Merkel seemed especially miffed about Mr. Trump's decision not to embrace the Paris climate accord that Mr. Obama signed in his final year as President. The president also said "the Germans are very, very bad" for having a trade surplus and exporting huge volumes of cars to the US.

When Trump was inaugurated in January, Merkel had told the billionaire and former reality TV show star that cooperation would be on the basis of shared democratic values.

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