Modi’s Germany visit signals Asian pivot for Atlanticist Angela Merkel

Narendra Modi, Angela Merkel, India Germany

Latest News – India is keen to attract more German companies to invest and improve bilateral relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ahead of a two-day visit to Europe’s leading economic power that begins on Monday.

Modi’s arrival comes a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel shocked many in Washington and London by saying Europe must take its fate into its own hands, implying that the United States under President Donald Trump and Britain after its Brexit vote were no longer reliable partners.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also visits Berlin this week, and the arrival of two leaders of rising Asian powers in the wake of Merkel’s speech has prompted talk of an eastern pivot in previously firmly Atlanticist Germany.

“Both (the German and Indian) governments are firmly committed to strengthening economic relations,” Modi said in an interview with Handelsblatt newspaper. “I am very optimistic about our future partnership.”

Merkel’s remarks, made to her Christian Democrat party’s Bavarian allies in Munich, were all the more striking since Merkel, a fan of the United States as a teenager in Communist East Germany, has always been known as a convinced (Read More)

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