Merkel: Europe can no longer trust US and Britain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Sunday that Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” now that it is faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency. She spoke two days after 28 NATO leaders held a summit in Brussels, during which the US president said that most members were not paying their fair share towards the alliance’s upkeep. "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced that in the last few days," Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. The comments follow President Donald Trump saying he needed more time to decide if the US would continue backing a key climate accord. Trump's stance had led Merkel to describe the just-ended G-7 talks on climate change as "unsatisfactory."

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