Merkel to Trump: Europe’s destiny is ‘in our own hands’


Posted on January 16, 2017, 12:29 pm
6 mins

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Monday to seek agreement with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump once he is sworn in later this week, but insisted that Europe will chart its own path forward in spite of differences with the incoming American leader.

Merkel’s comments came in response to a weekend interview in which Trump alarmed some European leaders by repeating longstanding criticisms of the NATO alliance and suggesting Germany’s response to the European migration crisis had been a historic mistake.

“I think that we Europeans have our destiny in our own hands and I would very strongly argue that we all stand together,” Merkel said of the 27 European Union members that will remain after Britain’s departure.

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