Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 31, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's indication Sunday that Europe can no longer fully rely on the US and United Kingdom may have been a blunder, Financial Times chief foreign affairs columnist declared Tuesday. At the IGC in Berlin, the two leaders were expected to clinch a host of agreements and sign MoUs to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries. "They called for finalisation and adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT)", it said.

Below are some of the factors which may have prompted Merkel to make her remarks.

The prime minister said cooperation is also envisaged in the sports arena, particularly in football. The latest terror attack to have rocked Europe was at a concert in Manchester where a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 22 people.

Merkel made it clear that their meeting was not a gesture "against the transatlantic relations that are historically of great important".

Modi wrote before his trip that "India and Germany are large democracies, major economies and important players in regional and global affairs".

Merkel's main opponent, Martin Schulz, has also criticized Mr. Trump in recent days.

They "commended the steadfast efforts of the G-4 and other reform oriented countries and groups in moving forward the discussions towards initiation of text-based negotiations on the Security Council reform agenda at the ongoing Inter- governmental Negotiations (IGN) at the United Nations", it added.

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's foreign minister, insisted the US President's actions have "weakened' the West and accused the American of standing "against the interests of the European Union".

After meeting Merkel, Modi said that the two countries are focusing on outcome-oriented momentum in economic ties.

Prime Minister Modi reiterated India's timeless values of nurturing and protecting nature. He also underlined opportunities for German companies to invest in India's initiative on creation of 100 Smart Cities.

He said that if there is a proper intelligence sharing then we would have more options to tackle such situations. For the PM's agenda for the day, he met Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel to boost bilateral relations and seek investments for the country.

Describing GST as the "most historic reform India ever done", he said the trend of reforms is spreading fast to all states.

India and Germany agreed to continue cooperation towards the common aim of developing climate-friendly, efficient and sustainable solutions for India's expanding energy needs and other areas of sustainable development, the statement said.

Both sides also welcomed the entering into force of the German-Indian social security agreement on May 1, 2017.

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