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Europe’s fate

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At a political rally in Munich on May 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the days when Europe could completely count on others were over, in the wake of last week’s bruising NATO and G-7 meetings. Instead, she said, the time has come for Europe to take its fate into its own hands.

Merkel’s carefully selected words resonated worldwide, triggering a debate on the deepening split within the transatlantic alliance.

Some claim that Merkel’s statements served more to rally domestic support ahead of federal elections to take place on Sept. 24.

Considering U.S. President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism toward Germany in Brussels, where he complained about a $64 billion bilateral trade deficit and accused Germany of unfairly benefitting from trade relations with the U.S., this might be true to an extent.

However, the body language of the participants, as well as the bizarre handshake rituals during the meetings, reflect a shared frustration among European leaders with regard to Trump’s defiant stance toward

© Hürriyet Daily News