German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns the traditional western alliance is threatened by new Donald Trump and Brexit.

Her solution: “We Europeans Must Take Our Destiny Into Our Own Hands”.

Angela Merkel has suggested Germany and Europe can no longer rely on the US under Donald Trump.

Speaking at a campaign event held in a Bavarian beer tent, the German Chancellor emphasized the need for friendly relations with the US, Britain, and Russia, but added: “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands. The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”

While Germany and Europe would strive to maintain relations with the US and Britain, Ms. Merkel said, “we need to know we must fight for our own future as Europeans for our destiny.”

Her comments came after Mr. Trump said he needed more time to decide if the US would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats.

Mr. Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, came under concerted pressure from the other leaders to honor the 2015 Paris Agreement on curbing carbon emissions.

G7 leaders went on to blame the US for the failure to reach an agreement on climate change, in an unusually frank statement which read: “The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics.

Mr. Trump has reportedly told “confidants” including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, he wants the US to leave the international agreement on climate change, the Axios news outlet reported, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

EU Global Warming Hypocrites

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EU Extends Tariffs on Solar Panels

On March 3, PV Europe reported EU import tariffs on Chinese solar modules and cells extended by 18 months.

The higher the price, the less solar energy people will use.

If the EU was really serious about “leading the way” I suggest the EU should not be big hypocrites.

I propose a good start would be to stop tariffs on solar panels, ban diesel autos, and reverse Merkel’s ban on nuclear power, and embrace rather than banning Uber.

If Europe wants to save the world, let them.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock