Last week, US President Donald Trump confirmed media reports that he wants to pull 9,500 soldiers from Germany to bring down the count to 25,000, after accusing Berlin of being “delinquent” in its defence spending.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged European countries to think about a new reality when it comes to America’s global clout.
On NATO, Merkel cited “compelling reasons to remain committed to a transatlantic defence community and our shared nuclear umbrella”, adding that “of course Europe needs to carry more of the burden than during the Cold War”.
Merkel’s Stance on Brexit
Additionally, she mentioned Brexit and argued that Britain will have to “live with the consequences” of Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrapping his predecessor Theresa May’s blueprint to bolster a close economic relationship with the EU after the UK’s withdrawal from the bloc.
She warned that “if Britain does not want to have rules on the environment and the labour market or social standards that compare with those of the EU, our relations will be less close”.
According to the chancellor, “that will mean it [the UK] does not want standards to go on developing along parallel lines”.
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