Germany’s hapless leader, Angela Merkel begged the EU to play a more prominent role on the world stage to stop President Trump’s dismantlement of the New World Order.
And she has warned if the bloc fails to form a “common response” to illegal immigration, its very future would be called into question.
Speaking in Munich at yesterday’s meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP), a group of parties from across the continent, the German Chancellor reminded the audience of her observation, made more than year ago, that “the times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over”.
This was widely interpreted to be aimed at Mr Trump’s criticism of European countries for not putting enough money into NATO, which created uncertainty among allies about his long-term commitment to the organization, Bloomberg reports.
Merkel also referred to Mr Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris global climate treaty, his controversial decision to decertify the JPCA nuclear with Iran, and conflicts over trans-Atlantic trade.
She said: “All of that confirms the assessment that the world is being reorganised.”
Mrs Merkel said the European Union needed to consider its stance on a whole raft of issues, adding that global institutions need to be “newly proven”.
The German leader again questioned the durability of trans-Atlantic relations by referring to eye-raising comments she made over a year ago in which she said that “the times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over.” Those words, spoken at a beer-tent election rally, were a reaction to Trump hectoring European leaders for not spending enough on defense at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels. Since then, more fuel has been added to the fire.
“All of that confirms the assessment that the world is being reorganized”, she said, “That was my takeaway from the NATO summit, and in the meantime I continue to feel confirmed by my statement.”
Looking to the future, she pointed out that the EU had struggled to cope with a global financial crisis, a currency crisis and a massive influx of refugees, stressing: “We don’t have a sufficient foundation to confront crises of the future.”
She also suggested that Europe should “Europeanise” its presence on the United Nations Security Council by way of a rotating group of about 10 member states working alongside France, one of five countries with the power of veto, and the European Commission to “speak with one European voice.”
Mrs Merkel also sounded a dire warning against a backdrop of divisions within the EU which has seen countries in central and eastern Europe reluctant to accept migrant quotas, with Poland and Hungary at loggerheads with Brussels.
She said: “If we fail to provide a common answer to questions of illegal migration, the foundations of the European Union will be called into question. Action is really needed here.”
The German chancellor has taken a firmer stance leading up to the two-day G-7 gathering in Canada, which starts Friday. Earlier on Wednesday, Europe’s most experienced government leader vowed to challenge Trump on trade and climate, saying the lack of room for compromise means leaders may fail to agree on a final statement.
Trump’s “America First” doctrine shows that “we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements,” Merkel told German lawmakers, adding that failure to reach common ground could lead to the highly unusual step of host Canada issuing a concluding statement not agreed to by all participants.
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