A U.S.- Europe split? But at what price?

Ruben Ruiz
June 5, 2017

Rather than ask Germany and other countries to increase defense spending, maybe we need to ask why we need to increase defense spending by 10 percent, or more than $50 billion, when we spend more on defense ($600 billion) than the next 10 countries combined??

As they campaign against each other ahead of national elections in September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her chief political rival, Martin Schulz, find themselves united in opposition to President Trump.

This is not the first time Chancellor Merkel has vowed to take a tough approach to Britain in the wake of Brexit. "That has not changed with President Trump".

The German leader, frustrated by the inability of leaders at a Group of Seven summit last month to persuade Trump to stay in the Paris treaty, indicated last week that transatlantic ties binding the US and Europe since World War II may now be loosening.

"We in Germany, in Europe and the world will band together to take more decisive action than ever to confront and successfully surmount major challenges to humanity such as climate change", she said. Wittig said, when Camerota asked if "thinly veiled" comments from Merkel or Trump should be ignored.

Additionally, Barber said Mr. Trump's decisions are uniting Europe.

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"Not all allies accept that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is an acceptable brand in Iraq", said Adam Thomson, a former British ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and now director of the European Leadership Network think-tank in London. They also signed a multitude of business deals.

"Putin will be thrilled at Trump's refusal to endorse Article 5", Tom Wright, the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution, tweeted.

US' unilateral moves are putting peace in Europe in jeopardy, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says.

"With the One Belt One Road initiative China has promoted itself as the country leader in environmental topics and multilateralism", said one senior adviser to a G7 government, referring to China's newly-created Eurasian cooperation forum.

In a poll conducted in February, 78 percent of Germans said they were "very concerned" about Trump's policies - almost 20 percent more than those who were anxious about the politics of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "She did this before in the face of crisis that Europe is facing".

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