Video: Merkel's speech in Munich saying Europe can't rely on the US & UK anymore & "must take destiny in own hands"pic.twitter.com/ikfbjhcxUG
Merkel today: "The times in which [Germany] could fully rely on others are partly over. I have experienced this in the last few days."
Merkel then said that while Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, "we have to fight for our own destiny" and she also said that special emphasis was needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.
Her comments came after Trump said during the G-7 meeting he needed more time to decide if the US would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats. A subseqent report by Axios, Trump privately told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that "he plans to leave the Paris agreement on climate change" which will likely further infurate his European allies.
... the editor of the Financial Times, calling it a"big moment in transatlantic relations"