Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by position

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to blame for the way she has allowed US President Donald Trump to treat her, suggests her rival in the upcoming election.

The sharp words from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came after Trump concluded his first official tour overseas which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit.

The leaders of Germany and India heaped mutual praise upon each other Tuesday - each referring to the other as a "reliable partner" in a notable contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent public doubts about Germany's ties with the United States.

Germany's startling assessment came after Trump's first tour overseas, when he snubbed pressure from G7 allies to sign up to upholding the 2015 Paris climate accord.

He added: "It should be taken into account that Trump is a president who, one should assume, passes critical information to Russian representatives. Those who have not denied this US policy are also complicit", Gabriel said.

Europe's most powerful leader said it was up to the continent to become more "involved internationally", citing conflicts in Ukraine and Libya and the pressing issue of mass migration.

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.

Merkel said Tuesday Germany's relations with the United States are of "outstanding importance" but it must engage with other key nations going forward.

Steffen Seibert said her suggestion after meetings with Mr Trump that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the United States "speaks for itself".

At the alliance's meeting on Thursday, Trump lambasted 23 of the alliance's 28 members - including Germany - for "still not paying what they should be paying" towards the funding of the bloc. Modi and Merkel will also meet top businessmen from India and Germany with the aim to further strengthen trade and investment ties. "I've experienced that in the last few days".

"The times when we could fully count on others, they are now to a certain extent over".

"But we have to know that we must fight for our future, on our own, for our destiny as Europeans - and that's what I want to do together with you", she added. "India-Germany partnership will help our nations and also the world", Narendra Modi said in the joint statement. Angela Merkel and I had discussions on wide ranging issues today.

While she made clear Berlin and Washington would "of course" remain close partners, Merkel stuck to her language from Sunday. "We discussed new and upcoming opportunities and challenges in Asia, Europe and the world", he said.

This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.

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