A comment by Merkel on a campaign stop in a Bavarian beer tent on Sunday sent the liberal Twittersphere into a frenzy (Edward Snowden called it "an era-defining moment.") Merkel, mentioning both the US and Brexit, told her audience it was time for Europe to "take our fate into our own hands".
"We continue to want a deep and special partnership with the remaining 27 countries in the European Union and we will continue to be committed to working with others in Europe both in terms of. a comprehensive free trade agreement but also in terms of our security", she said.
Offering a tough review in the wake of Trump's trip to visit EU, NATO and Group of Seven leaders last week, Merkel told a packed Bavarian beer hall rally that the days when Europe could rely on others was "over to a certain extent". "I experienced that in the last a few days, and therefore I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands".
"But we have to wage our own fight for our future, as Europeans, for our fate".
"This is going to be the most important negotiation that this country has embarked on for many decades".
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He was criticised over it as he was not a Tamil, but the actor insisted that he was very much a Tamil. Addressing his fans Rajinikanth had stated, "You all gave me love, respect and fame".
Though she never specifically mentioned US President Donald Trump in her Sunday comments, most - including German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and opposition leader Martin Schulz - seemed to assume she was referring to the US leader.
Though she did not mention them by name, Merkel was most likely referring to the fractured relationship Germany now shares with the USA, as well as with the United Kingdom post-Brexit. "The West has become smaller, at least it has become weaker".
Mrs Merkel's latest comments are partly a move to appeal to German voters first and foremost, the BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler says.
Following the G-7 meeting in Sicily on Saturday, Merkel was sharply critical of Trump's decision not to join the other countries in reiterating support for the 2015 Paris Agreement that aims to slow global warming, calling the G-7 climate talks "very unsatisfactory".
Her comments came after Mr Trump said he needed more time to decide if the United States would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats. Trump reportedly told multiple people, including Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, that he would be pulling out of the deal, according to three sources with knowledge of the conversations. Trump also went against the grain at the G7 as the only leader not to endorse more efforts against climate change. In April, Trump was said to be considering an executive order which would pull the U.S. out of NAFTA. "Hard work but big results!" "It won't be possible to stall it", she said.