Merkel says expects Britain to remain a partner post-Brexit

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US President Donald Trump called Germany's trade and spending policies "very bad" - intensifying a row between the longtime allies and immediately earning himself the moniker "destroyer of Western values" from a leading German politician. "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military", Trump wrote on Twitter. "Very bad for U.S. This will change", Trump tweeted.

Trump took to Twitter early in the day in the United States to attack Germany, a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel ramped up her doubts about the reliability of Washington as an ally.

Addressing an election campaign in Bavaria, Merkel on Sunday said that following Trump's election and Brexit, Europeans "really have to take destiny into their own hands".

Merkel and other German officials have taken pains to explain that German trade is governed by agreements forged by the European Union in Brussels, not by German officials in Berlin.

Merkel, however, had also said Germany's relationship with the USA was of "outstanding importance" but it must also engage with other important nations.

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Much of that imbalance comes from USA imports of German machinery, pharmaceuticals and cars and trucks, the latter of which Trump singled out as a target for possible trade sanctions.

"German investments in India is about 9.5 billion euros, made during 2000-2016, which can be doubled to 18 billion euros over the next five years".

Gabriel also spoke of "a loss of the United States as an important nation" and said that the unsuccessful G7 talks would have a bigger impact. "In other words, the accounts balance". Merkel on May 30 repeated her call for Europe to take control of its own destiny, but also dismissed any talk that Germany is shifting away from its old ally and pivoting East. Germans "bad, very bad" Trump launched a salvo against German vehicle exports to the United States last week, saying that "the Germans are bad, very bad" during a meeting with senior European officials in Brussels, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported.

"We will conduct departure negotiations in the spirit of Britain remaining a good partner", she said in the southern city of Nuremberg.

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