German poll: Lead for Merkel's conservative bloc widens

Addressing a crowd at an election rally in Munich, Merkel said that in the last few days, she had "experienced" that Germany and other European countries no longer can "completely rely on others".

Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" in the face of a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, Angela Merkel has said.

Merkel reaffirmed her intent for Germany to remain friendly with both the United States and Great Britain, however. "We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands".

But it was clear what she was referring to: The previous day's tense G7 summit in Sicily, which ended with Trump trampling on agreements with other allied nations.

Six of the seven G7 nations agreed to stick with their commitment to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement aimed at slowing global warming, but Mr Trump said he needed more time to decide if the USA would abandon the accord.

Trump's at times awkward meetings in Europe came in stark contrast with the trip's earlier visits to Saudi Arabia, where Trump celebrated a massive new arms deal with the Saudi regime, and to Israel, where he visited with conservative prime minister Bibi Netanyahu.

Mrs. Merkel has expressed disappointment over Donald Trump to stall backing the Paris climate deal, he says he will make a decision on the issue next week.

The relationship between Berlin and new French President Emmanuel Macron had to be a priority, Mrs Merkel said.

Mrs Merkel called the climate talks "very hard, if not to say, very unsatisfactory".

Trump offered a more positive assessment on Twitter on Sunday, writing: "Just returned from Europe".

On a previous leg of his first trip overseas as president, Trump had repeated past criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for failing to meet the defensive alliance's military spending commitment of two percent of GDP.

It's increasingly looking like the years ahead will be marked by increasing tensions between Merkel's Europe and Trump's America.

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a concert at the hotel castle Elmau in Kruen, Germany, June 7, 2015.

  • Leroy Wright