German chancellor says rethink will be needed if US waves goodbye to global role
The rest of the world can no longer take it for granted that the US still aspires to be a global leader and needs to readjust its priorities accordingly, Angela Merkel has warned.
“We grew up in the certain knowledge that the United States wanted to be a world power,” the German chancellor said in an interview with a group of six European newspapers, including the Guardian.
“Should the US now wish to withdraw from that role of its own free will, we would have to reflect on that very deeply.”
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WNU Editor: By virtue of its economy and military, The U.S. will be a global power for a long time. What irks German Chancellor Merkel is that the U.S. now wants other countries (like Germany) to foot some of the bill that will help maintain the U.S. as a global power. From defense spending to not giving adversaries like Russia an economic advantage (i.e. natural gas pipelines).