Europe cant rely on US, says Angela Merkel

While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, "we have to fight for our own destiny", Merkel went on.

"The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days", Merkel told the crowd of some 2,500 that gathered to hear her and Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer.

Her comments came after Trump said during the G-7 meeting he needed more time to decide if the USA would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats.

It was the toughest review yet of Trump's trip to Europe, which inflamed tensions rather than healing them after the USA president sparred with the leaders of Washington's closest and oldest allies on trade, defense, and climate change.

Speaking at a CDU election rally in Munich, Merkel said that Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" or as the AFP put it, "Merkel warns the US, Britain no longer reliable partners". "Precisely because they are so important, it's right to name differences honestly". Some of the Europeans wanted to discuss Ukraine and the relationship with Russian Federation.

The Government's latest commitment of an extra 30 military personnel to the "Train, Advise, Assist" mission in Afghanistan is more a statement of support for the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission than it is for Afghanistan or for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation itself. Macron appeared to force Trump to keep shaking hands even after the US leader tried to disengage.

Her main challenger in September, the Social Democrats' candidate Martin Schulz, doubled down on Merkel's Sunday comments, saying the summits made it clear that Trump was a president "who wants to humiliate others, who presents himself like an authoritarian ruler". It has demonstrated that the group has also almost ceased to exist.

"We, the Europeans, will have to take our fate into our own hands".

However, the world, he said, is much more complicated and there is nearly no point discussing the world's affairs between only seven states.

And Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, also a Social Democrat, said Monday that if the Trump administration "finds pushing through national interests more important than a worldwide order. then I say that the West has become smaller - it has at least become weaker".

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd reacted earlier Monday to Merkel's remarks by saying that Britain would continue to seek a "deep and special partnership" with Germany and the rest of Europe after Brexit.

If the world really is entering a "dark and hard near future", and if that future is within the next three years, then Australian Governments need to be as aware as Angela Merkel is - that Donald Trump will be shaping it. Instead, by most European accounts he strained them even more. British Prime Minister Theresa May has also tried to maintain ties - though that's in part because she needs partners as she leads her country out of the European Union. That is why Germany should now act differently.

The main task for Merkel is to put the EU's interest first, and not entirely rely on the USA, the political analyst concluded.