- Title: After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands
- Date: 28th May 2017
- Summary: MUNICH, GERMANY (MAY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE QUEUING TO ENTER BEER TENT WHERE GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, IS DUE TO SPEAK VARIOUS OF SECURITY STAFF CHECKING BAGS, HANDING OUT WRISTBANDS MERKEL DRINKING BEER PEOPLE DRINKING BEER, SOME IN TRADITIONAL BAVARIAN DRESS MERKEL WAVING TO CROWD PEOPLE CLAPPING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "The times when we could completely count on others, they are over to a certain extent. I have experienced this in the last few days. And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands - of course in friendship with the United States of America, in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbours wherever that is possible also with other countries, even with Russia. But we have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans, and that's what I want to do together with you." PEOPLE CLAPPING VARIOUS OF MERKEL SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "Great Britain and Germany, and all of us together say: we will not allow our way of life to be destroyed. We stand together against this terrible terror and as a nation we are doing everything humanly possible, as Horst Seehofer just said, to guarantee the safety of our people." SMALL GIRL HOLDING SIGN READING (German) "CLEARLY FOR MERKEL" MERKEL DRINKING BEER ON STAGE PEOPLE CLAPPING
- Embargoed: 11th June 2017 16:24
- Keywords: Europe reliance on others German Chancellor Angela Merkel
- Location: MUNICH, GERMANY
- City: MUNICH, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IR52RR
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- Story Text: Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday (May 28), pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.
Speaking to around 2,000 people in a beer tent in Munich, Merkel neither mentioned U.S. President Donald Trump directly nor the international disputes about defence spending and climate change policy.
But in an apparent reference to Trump's open criticism of major NATO allies and his refusal to back established language on fighting rising global temperatures, Merkel said: "The times when we could completely count on others, they are over to a certain extent. I have experienced this in the last few days," adding that Europe must take its fate into its own hands.
Merkel also said that Germany stood with Britain and other nations against terror after last week's bombing in Manchester which killed 22 people.
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