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Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a Western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Sunday.

“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel tells a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany.

“We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” she adds.

While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny,” Merkel goes on.

Special emphasis is needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, she says.

The chancellor had just returned from a G7 summit which wound up Saturday without a deal between the US and the other six major advanced nations on upholding the 2015 Paris climate accords.

Merkel on Saturday labeled the result of the “six against one” discussion “very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory.”

— AFP

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