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March 18, 2017

‘That’s not how it works’: Trump’s grasp of Nato questioned after Merkel tweets

President’s claim that Germany owes the US ‘vast sums of money’ shows a lack of understanding, says ex-Nato representative

On the heels of a visibly awkward visit from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump said on Saturday that Germany owed “vast sums of money” to Nato and the US, even though the alliance does not stipulate payments to America.

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March 16, 2017

Europe’s governments signal relief after Dutch election defeats far right

Geert Wilders loss in Netherlands hailed by leaders as key moment for tolerant societies and serious politics on continent

European governments facing a rising tide of populism heaved a collective sigh of relief after the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, swept aside the challenge of the anti-Islam, anti-EU, populist. Geert Wilders, in the parliamentary elections.

Angela Merkel was among many EU leaders to congratulate voters on what she called “a good day for democracy”. The German chancellor said she was “very glad”, as she thought many people were, “that a high turnout led to a very pro-European result”.

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February 18, 2017

Mike Pence widens US rift with Europe over Nato defence spending

On first visit to Europe since taking office, US vice-president tells Munich conference Nato allies must step up their contributions

The US vice-president has delivered the most uncompromising message yet from the Trump administration to Nato allies that they have to step up financial contributions towards defence spending.

On his first visit to Europe since taking office, Mike Pence said “some of our largest allies do not have a credible path” towards paying their share of Nato’s financial burden. Although he did not name individual countries, his targets included Germany, France and Italy. “The time has come to do more,” he said.

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August 21, 2016

Ventotene summit to chart roadmap for EU’s response to Brexit vote

Italian PM to host French and German leaders for trilateral talks that will lay the groundwork for larger Bratislava meeting

The leaders of the eurozone’s three largest countries will meet on a small southern Italian island on Monday for further talks on the way forward for the European Union following Britain’s shock vote to leave.

Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, will welcome the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French president, François Hollande, to Ventotene off the coast of Naples for a second round of trilateral talks before an informal EU summit in September.

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