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"The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days".

Like the UK's Leave campaigners, Angela Merkel is heading towards a vote. Elections in Germany are due in September 2017.

Mrs Merkel is now on the campaign trail and not at all above injecting some populism into her politics.

The comments underline the shift in the relationship between the United States and Europe following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and Group of Seven summit in Sicily with President Donald Trump.

Merkel's speech in Munich could be seen as a reminder to Trump that the decision will have real implications for his relationship with Berlin and other partners, officials said.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Not on the same wavelength? "Very bad for US This will change", Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Resentment has built up, too, over Russian Federation seemingly being able to do whatever it wants in Crimea, Syria and the cyber-sphere despite supposed worldwide norms.

Merkel reiterated the sentiment on Tuesday, saying that relations with the USA were of "outstanding importance" but that Germany must also look elsewhere. "And German products there have an incredible strong image".

Trump Attends G-7 Summit
Trump Attends G-7 Summit

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, has shown a willingness to work with Germany and to help lead the European Union out of its troubles.

"But what I said at this current point in time is that there are more reasons than there even were before to take our fate into our hands in Europe".

Both Merkel and Gentiloni stressed that a more prominent leadership role for Europe did not necessarily mean any less cooperation with the United States.

The American President took to Twitter to lambast the German chancellor after she suggested Europe can no longer rely on the US. And around 1,800 medium-sized German companies are have productions in India.

"There has been FDI of 2 billion dollars (from Germany) in the past two years", Indian Ambassador to Germany Mukta Dutta Tomar, said, highlighting the success of a fast track mechanism set up in 2015 to assist German businesses work in India and improve the ease of doing business.

The turnabout came after President Donald Trump publicly bashed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on the military alliance and confronted Germany over its trade surpluses with the USA and other trading partners.

Italy on Tuesday backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call for Europe to be a stronger player on the world stage in the era of Donald Trump and Brexit.

Merkel said she and Modi had discussed open markets and free and fair trade during their meeting in Berlin. It continues a long-running concern by the president about whether foreign countries are exploiting USA economic strength through unfair trade relationships.


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