Escalating tensions between the United States and European nations have become so bad that one of that continent’s leaders believes the U.S. is now a rival rather than a dependable ally.
In an interview with German Newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, German Chancellor Angela Merkel grouped the U.S. alongside other international rivals to Europe, including Russia and China. The alliance that was once strong between Europe and the U.S., she explained, was not as solid as it once was.
“There is no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world,” Merkel explained in her interview, which was reported on by Business Insider. “The old certainties of the post-war order no longer apply…they [Russia, China and the U.S.] are forcing us [Europe], time and again, to find common positions.”
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Although more than 33,000 U.S. troops remain in Germany at present time, the partnership between Europe and America that had been in place since the end of World War II could no longer survive on those merits alone, she explained.
“Simply stating that we’ve enjoyed seven decades of peace is no longer enough to justify the European project,” Merkel said. “Without forward-looking arguments to justify Europe, the European peace project would also be in greater jeopardy than one may think.”
The comments from Merkel are not unfamiliar — she’s made several other comments in the years since President Donald Trump took office, that exemplified the two’s adversarial viewpoints of one another.
Her recent comments come as the Trump administration faces a May 18 deadline to determine whether it intends to push auto tariffs on the European Union, according to reporting from Newsweek. If those tariffs are implemented, another trade war could heat up, as the EU has vowed to reciprocate any trade penalties the White House may impose.
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