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Merkel Signals New Era For Europe As Trump Smashes Consensus

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The following is an excerpt from Patrick Donahue | May 28, 2017 | Bloomberg.com |

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her strongest indication yet that Europe and the U.S. under President Donald Trump are drifting apart, saying reliable relationships forged since the end of World War II “are to some extent over.”

Speaking at a campaign rally in a beer tent in Munich on Sunday, Merkel offered a glimpse of her world view after Trump’s nine-day trip, during which he hectored NATO allies for not spending enough on defense, called Germany’s trade surplus “very bad,” and brought the U.S. to the brink of exiting the global Paris climate accord.

Merkel, who met with Trump during the NATO meeting in Brussels and the Group of Seven world leaders’ summit in Taormina, Sicily, said Europe must now plot its own course.

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