German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Europe to prepare for a world without US leadership. She spoke about this in an interview with The Guardian.
According to her, European countries should seriously reflect on a new reality in which Washington does not seek to fulfill the role of world leader, as before. “We grew up with a certain knowledge that the United States wants to be a world power. If the United States now wants to stop playing this role of its own free will, we would need to seriously think about it, ”said the German Chancellor.
Commenting on the reduction of the American military contingent in Germany, Merkel noted that US troops are helping to protect not only the European part of NATO, but also the interests of Washington. She assured that Berlin will continue to build up its military potential, and expressed hope for maintaining defense cooperation with the United States.
“Look at the world, at China or India. There is good reason to remain committed to the transatlantic defense community and our common nuclear umbrella, ”Merkel concluded.
On June 6, US President Donald Trump promised to halve the number of his troops in Germany due to late payment of Berlin to NATO. The US explained that the American leader does not plan to “punish” the German Chancellor in this way.