Trump lashes out at Germany over 'very bad for US' policies

"EU unity, pro-activeness and strong relations with other countries are extremely important for global development".

She talked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin about developing cooperation with India. The International Monetary Fund said in 2016 that the country's real effective exchange rate is undervalued by 10-20 percent.

Modi arrived in Berlin on Monday on the first leg of his six-day, four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France aimed at boosting bilateral economic engagement with them and inviting more investment for India's transformation.

Merkel last week said that reliable ties forged since the end of World War II "are to some extent over".

Merkel, during a campaign in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, said following the election of the U.S President Donald Trump and Brexit, Europeans "really have to take destiny into their own hands". Her conditional offer of support, made the day after Trump's election, was meant as both an invitation to work together and a subtle warning.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was even more blunt on Monday, slamming the U.S. president's "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests.

He also appeared to respond to Mr. Trump's conduct during the G-7 summit of rich countries over the weekend.

Merkel said that Europe must "take our fate into our own hands" and added that it should step up as a diplomatic player on the worldwide stage.

Germany's startling assessment came after Trump's first tour overseas, when he snubbed pressure from G7 allies to sign up to upholding the 2015 Paris climate accord.

"The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days", she repeated today.

But after Merkel and other senior German officials, who are campaigning ahead of September national elections in their own country, spent the weekend attacking Trump, the USA leader returned to the theme.

"Others", in this case, seems to be a euphemism; Merkel was clearly talking about the USA, according to The Washington Post. And remember, Mr. Trump does not hold all of the cards in Washington's system of divided government, he will not be in the White House forever, and so far, he has done more barking than biting.

Britain's decision to leave the European Union and Donald Trump's surprise victory in last year's USA presidential election meant that Europe could not longer put off having "the talk" about its "destiny".

"We have a massive trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay far less than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", Trump wrote on Twitter. Indeed, it was by and large thanks to the Franco-German reconciliation, from the de Gaulle- Adenauer years to the subsequent Mitterrand-Kohl era, which paved the way for the transformation of the European Economic Community into a political union. "This will change (sic)".

She said that in the year 2000, India and Germany had agreed to have a strategic partnership and in 2011both sides had enhanced their strength and partnership by agreeing to have inter-governmental consultations.

  • Leroy Wright