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Merkel: Europe Can No Longer Count on the U.S.

“It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us. Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That’s the task for the future.”

— German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying Europe can no longer count on the U.S. for military protection and must “take its destiny into its own hands,” Bloomberg reports.

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Obama Draws Huge Crowd in Berlin

100,000

“Barack Obama received a rock-star welcome in Berlin as he appeared at a public debate Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he praised as one of his ‘favorite partners’ during his presidency,” the AP reports. The Guardian estimated the crowd at “up to 100,000 people.”

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Trump Handed Merkel a Bill for NATO

£300 billion

President Trump handed German chancellor Angela Merkel a bill — thought to be for more than £300bn — for money her country “owed” NATO for defending it when they met last week, the Times of London reports. The bill — handed over during private talks in Washington — was described as “outrageous” by one German minister. Said the minister: “The concept behind putting out such demands is to intimidate the other side, but the chancellor took it calmly and will not respond to such provocations.”