German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging European Union nations to stick together in the face of new uncertainty over the United States and other challenges.
Merkel said Sunday at a campaign event in Bavaria that “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.”
The comments follow President Donald Trump saying he needed more time to decide if the US would continue backing a key climate accord.
Trump’s stance had led Merkel to describe the just-ended G-7 talks on climate change as “unsatisfactory.”
The dpa news agency reports that in her campaign remarks, the German leader emphasized the need for friendly relations with the US, Britain and Russia, but added: “We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”
A poll of German voters shows Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc’s lead widening as the main challenger Social Democrats continue to lose support.
The Emnid Sunday poll for Bild newspaper showed support for Merkel’s bloc unchanged at 38 percent, while the SPD support dropped 1 percentage point to 25 percent. The SPD got a boost after nominating Martin Schulz in January as Merkel’s rival for chancellor in September’s election, but has slipped recently after several state election losses.
The pro-business Free Democrats and Greens both gained a point to 8 percent support, putting them at the same level as the Left Party, which dropped a point, and the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, which was unchanged.
The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.