Merkel: Can't count on USA military umbrella anymore

Hannah Rogers
May 11, 2018

Europe must take its destiny into its own hands, said Merkel.

Europe can not put all of its trust in the USA when it comes to protection and should instead "take its destiny into its own hands", German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. She stated this on Thursday in Aachen, Agence France Press, writes the with reference on the European truth.

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone Tuesday with Donald Trump, just hours before the U.S. president is widely expected to pull out of a key nuclear deal with Iran, his office said.

Merkel said the details of the steps to be taken should be clarified in those meetings, and the need to implement those details should be stressed.

Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed European powers' continued support for the Iran nuclear deal.

"We made the choice to build peace and stability in the Middle East", he said in a reference to the involvement of France, Germany and the United Kingdom in the Iran deal. "That is the task for the future".

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Iran is also actively involved in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria supporting Shia forces in these countries - the Houthi movement called Ansar Allah in Yemen and the Syrian government headed by President Bashar Assad, who belongs to the Alawite minority.

The statement said Merkel condemned the overnight attacks on Israeli positions "and called on Iran to contribute to de-escalation in the region". "And I can only call on all sides to exercise restraint here", Merkel said during a ceremony awarding Macron the Charlemagne Prize for strengthening European Union integration.

"It is clear that last night's incidents are part of a new context in the Middle East, where what we feared happening is becoming reality: the Syrian and Iranian issues are becoming intertwined", Le Drian told BFM TV.

"Let us not be weak", added the French president.

Macron echoed the call to flesh out Europe's common foreign and defense policy.

"In Germany there can not be a perpetual fetish for budget and trade surpluses, because they are always made at the expense of certain others", Macron said, adding that a north-south divide between wealthy and poorer nations that emerged during the financial crisis should not be allowed to resurface. "(But)... we will strengthen the euro zone, we will make it more competitive".

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