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May 31, 2017, 6:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday downplayed suggestions that her bid to further develop relations with India and China was a signal that Berlin and the European Union were moving away from their traditional allies in London and Washington.
Faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, Merkel said " die zeiten, in denen wir uns auf andere völlig verlassen konnten, sind ein Stück vorbei", or loosely translated "the times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out" and added that "I've experienced that in the last few days". "We want the European Union to become stronger and India will play a positive role towards that through the medium of Germany", Modi said.
Her speech followed several tense exchanges with President Donald Trump at a series of multi-lateral meetings.
As the war of words threatened to spin out of control, Merkel and other senior German politicians stressed the importance of Germany's Atlantic ties, with Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel suggesting the spat was just a rough patch.
The remarks came soon after G7 and NATO summits, where news reports suggested that not all was well between her and Trump, who is leading the United States towards a more protectionist stance on economic issues and has called for NATO to pay for their share of expenditure of the Atlantic military alliance.
The prime minister praised Merkel's "strong leadership" and said a EU-focused vision is what the world needed. Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel followed her and blasted the USA, saying the Trump administration's "short-sighted policies. stand against the interest of the European Union".
"We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands".
"President Trump effectively disavowed the United States' role as the leader of world trade and globalization", he said in a note to clients.
The two sides also expressed their interest in exploring the possibilities to cooperate in their assistance to African countries. At the Group of Seven summit that followed, Mr Trump's first, passages on free trade and on immigration were substantially altered compared to previous years, while the U.S. was alone in failing to commit to the global Paris climate agreement. "We (also) want to double the number of German companies in India to 3,600 from 1,800", according to Singh who retired in March this year after serving 37 years in foreign service with Germany being his last posting.
On Sunday, Merkel showed the gravity of her concern about Washington's dependability under Trump when she warned, at an election campaign event in a packed Bavarian beer tent - that the times when Europe could fully rely on others were "over to a certain extent".