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German poll: Lead for Merkel's conservative bloc widens

29 May 2017, 04:14 | Cedric Leonard

German poll: Lead for Merkel's conservative bloc widens

President Donald Trump accompanied by first lady Melania Trump greets French President Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron before a concert by the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the Ancient Greek

It was the toughest review yet of Mr Trump's trip to Europe, which inflamed tensions rather than healing them after the USA president sparred with the leaders of Washington's closest and oldest allies on trade, defence and climate change.

Angela Merkel, who expressed frustration during the G7 summit over the possible withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate agreement, has now told a political rally that she thinks Germany and Europe can no longer count on the U.S.

Mrs Merkel has just returned from a G7 summit which wound up on Saturday without a deal between the U.S. and the other six major advanced nations on upholding the Paris climate change agreement.

She said: 'The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out.

Merkel emphasised the need for continued friendly relations with the U.S. and Britain and also stressed the importance of being good neighbours "wherever that is possible, including with Russian Federation, but also with others".

She added that while Europe would keep trying to maintain a solid relationship with the two countries, Europeans will "have to fight for our own destiny".

"We don't need any experiments", Merkel said at the rally.

The chancellor had just returned from a G7 summit which wound up Saturday without a deal between the U.S. and the other six major advanced nations on upholding the 2015 Paris climate accords.

She has just returned from a G7 summit in Italy, which resulted in no deal on upholding the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Trump still undecided on whether he will withdraw his country from the accord.

Mr Trump - who returned from his nine-day global trip on Saturday - had a different take.

Merkel's comments are a rebuke of the narrative that Trump's foreign trip was a success merely because the president avoided making too many show-stopping gaffes, and suggest that other nations are less likely to lower their expectations of and standards for US presidential behavior.

Dr Merkel and Mr Macron have vowed to work together to further the pro-globalisation agenda that Mr Trump stands against.

"This is what I experienced in the last few days", she explained.

The German Chancellor also said that there was resistance at the meeting to drafting language that would have called for more aid for refugees.

For now, polls show Merkel is likely to be reelected to a fourth term as chancellor in September.

Now reports in US media say his son in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, during the transition, suggested setting up a back-channel with Russian Federation to bypass USA government surveillance.

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