Very good interaction with German chancellor Merkel: Modi

Germany's outspoken top diplomat claimed that the Trump administration's controversial policies are undermining Western values and the global order based on these values. Polls suggest she is on course to be re-elected for a fourth term.

Germany's center-left foreign minister has urged European nations to resist the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, saying those who do not do so are "complicit".

On Monday, Merkel underlined her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally, venting European frustrations with Trump after back-to-back summits last week, but said she was a "convinced trans-Atlanticist".

They grew at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation when Trump repeated statements about members of the alliance owing vast amounts of money.

"Trump may have listened, but what the trip showed is that he may not be capable of learning", a second German official said.

Merkel said "it was good not to gloss over the differences" with Trump, speaking in a Munich beer tent, May 28.

Stephan Mayer, an MP and spokesperson for Merkel's CDU party, told CBC Radio's As It Happens, "It was not only the German public and the German citizens who she addressed; she also addressed the USA administration". "Very bad for U.S. This will change", he tweeted.

Narendra Modi and Angela Merkel addressed the media today after their bilateral talks.

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel meanwhile accused the United States of "short-sighted policies" that he said were against European Union interests.

"It doesn't have to be this way, a vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future and we can avoid this extreme Brexit that Theresa May is pursuing", he said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker "supports building bridges", spokesman Margaritis Schinas said, while the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Twitter he "agreed" with Merkel that "Europe's destiny is in our own hands".

Highlighting that this is Modi's second bilateral visit to Germany since 2015, she said that the ease of doing business in India and the fast track mechanism set up in 2015 to assist German businesses work in India received appreciation from the German side.

"Never before has there been so much uncertainty about the political course, and so many contradictions in the president's statements, four months after the inauguration of a new USA president", Hardt told Reuters.

"Those who have accompanied Chancellor Merkel journalistically for a long time know how important the German-American relations are", Seibert said.

  • Leroy Wright