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Merkel insists U.S. ties key to Germany despite Trump tensions

Merkel ranks trans-Atlantic co-operation above tensions with the U.S. president


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BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the trans-Atlantic relationship remains “central” to her government despite tensions with President Donald Trump.

Merkel didn’t respond directly when asked about the relationship at a news conference Friday whether, given Trump’s about-turns on various issues.

Trump has frequently criticized Germany for what he views as inadequate military spending and over a planned new natural gas pipeline linking Germany with Russia.

Merkel said that “the order we are used to is under strong pressure at the moment.”

However, she said trans-Atlantic co-operation, including with the president of the United States of America, is “of course central for us and I will continue to nurture it.”

Merkel said she won’t back off seeing multilateral approaches and remains convinced that co-operation produces “win-win” situations.

 


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