Comments come after US President says he needs more time to decide if America will continue to back Paris climate agreement
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has suggested her country and Europe can no longer rely on the US under Donald Trump.
Speaking at a campaign event in Bavaria, she emphasised the need for friendly relations with the US, Britain and Russia, but added: “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”
She said that “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”
Her comments came after Mr Trump said he needed more time to decide if the US would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats.
Although he tweeted to say he would make a decision next week, his apparent reluctance to embrace the first legally binding global climate change deal, signed by 195 countries, clearly annoyed Ms Merkel.
Source: The Independent