As part of his first foreign trip, President Donald Trump refused to endorse NATO’s doctrine of collective defense at a meeting in Belgium and then declined to support the Paris climate accord at the G7 summit in Italy.
In response, German Chancellor Angela Merkel questioned the strength of the world’s transatlantic ties, suggesting that her country’s relationship with the U.S. has shifted. “All I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands,” she said at a campaign rally on Sunday. “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”
We asked European politics expert Mai’a Cross, the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern, to discuss the potential impact of Germany’s deepening rift with the U.S.