Trump Blasts Germany on Trade, NATO: 'Very Bad for US'


Reflecting on the fraught new era of US relations with Germany, and Europe at large, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on Sunday at a beer hall, and contended that her continent-mates "really must take our fate into our own hands".

Concluding his engagements in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday left for Spain on the second leg of his six-day, four-nation tour of Europe. "Stand against the interest of the European Union". He praised Ms Merkel's experience and Germany's economic example to India.

"But the importance we give to these ties can not lead to us renouncing fundamental principles such as our commitments against climate change and for open societies and free global trade".

German officials have repeatedly insisted that, as a member of the European Union, they can not conduct bilateral trade talks with the United States and that they are not ready to dramatically increase military spending.

Addressing the Indo-German Business Summit along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Modi said Germany is among India's most important partners both bilaterally and in the global context.

President Donald Trump has criticized Germany once again for its large trade surplus with the USA and its low contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying this attitude is "very bad" for the United States.

"The entire discussion about climate was very hard, if not to say very dissatisfying", Merkel said over the weekend.

In turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested over the weekend that her country's relationship with the USA had shifted.

Merkel, during a campaign in Germany's southern state of Bavaria, said following the election of the U.S President Donald Trump and Brexit, Europeans "really have to take destiny into their own hands".

"The Prime Minister has allied herself with Donald Trump and these comments are the inevitable outcome", Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said.

Both corroding relationships have always been goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin, raising speculation about Trump's rhetoric and actions being more in line with the Kremlin than many of America's closest European allies.

Modi said India is giving an importance to next generation infrastructure and it was an area in which India wanted to work extensively with Germany.

Days earlier, in Saudi Arabia, Trump had presided over the single largest U.S. arms deal in American history, worth United States dollars 110 billion over the next decade and including ships, tanks and anti-missile systems.