Merkel spokesman: Germany still seeking stronger US ties

"The short-sighted policies of the American government stand against the interests of the European Union", he said, adding that "the West has become smaller".

Then, at the Group of Seven summit of leaders of major world economies on Friday and Saturday, he refused to endorse the Paris agreements on combating climate change, punting a decision until next week.

"We'll have to make greater efforts to hold Europe together and act as a counterweight", German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a conference in Munich on Monday. He said Trump's stance on climate change risked deepening Europe's migrant crisis. "Those who do not oppose this USA policy are guilty".

"The times when we could fully rely on others have passed us by a little bit, that's what I've experienced in recent days", she said while speaking at an event in Munich, without ever specifically referencing Trump. -European relations after contentious meetings with President Donald Trump last week, saying that Europe "really must take our fate into our own hands". "We are and remain close partners", she said of the USA and Germany, "but we also know that we Europeans really must take our destiny into our own hands".

If her party is successful in German elections this fall, Merkel would stand for a fourth term as chancellor.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, reacted to Ms Merkel's words by emphasising that Britain was seeking a "deep and special partnership" with the rest of Europe after Brexit.

"Europe is the answer, and stronger cooperation between the European countries at all levels is the answer to Donald Trump", Schulz said on ARD public television.

Clarifying Ms Merkel's position on Monday, her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said she was a "deeply convinced Atlanticist".

"We can reassure Mrs Merkel that we want to have a deep and special partnership so that we can continue to maintain European-wide security to keep us all safe from the terrorists overseas and those that are trying to be nurtured in our country", she said.

India is keen to attract more German companies to invest and improve bilateral relations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ahead of a two-day visit to Europe's leading economic power that begins on Monday (May 29).

He said German-American relations are very important to Merkel and that Germany would continue to work to strengthen them.

"I think, people should have staked out clearer positions at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, but most certainly by the time of the G7 summit", he said, referring to two worldwide summits last week where Trump ruffled feathers by criticising partner countries on defence spending or standing as the sole veto to language endorsing action on climate change.

But it was a clear repudiation of Trump's few days with European leaders.

At the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday, Trump intensified his accusations that allies were not spending enough on defense and warned of more attacks such as last week's Manchester bombing, unless the alliance did more to stop militants.

  • Leroy Wright