German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd on Sunday that Europe can no longer on foreign partners. The speech took place in southern Germany, and the remarks were aimed at the United States.
Merkel declared that a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe "really must take fate into our own hands." and that the days when Europe could rely on others was "over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the last few days."
This is quite a change from the political rhetoric. And while the most famous special relation between two nations is the U.S. and the UK, the German-U.S. relationships has arguably more important. NATO's main purpose was to ensure Germany would never again pose an international threat to peace after WWI and WWII. Germany now also offers a booming industrial economy, one of the strongest in the world.
If European nations, like Germany, start isolating themselves from the United States, what will that mean for our future? Will it have an impact on our economy? Can we expect the same amount of support in times of strife? Do you think this could eventually lead to any armed conflict?