Merkel start­ing to slip

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

The long years in charge of the Euro­pean Union’s eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal pow­er­house are show­ing in Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s in­creas­ing lack of judg­ment at key mo­ments

(“Trump pushes back on Merkel re­gard­ing trade, NATO: ‘Very bad for U.S.,’” Web, May 30). Cer­tainly Pres­i­dent Trump’s re­quest that NATO mem­bers pay their fair share of costs and his re­fusal to en­dorse the grossly over­hyped Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change didn’t merit her petu­lant over­re­ac­tion.

Then her in­fan­tile, Oba­maesque, “Yes-We-Can”-style grand­stand­ing on the ad­mis­sion of refugees cre­ated may­hem in the EU in gen­eral and the Balkans in par­tic­u­lar.

But above all, Ms. Merkel’s con­temp­tu­ous treat­ment of former Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron and her send­ing Mr. Cameron home with­out the mer­est trace of a fig leaf means that she can­not en­tirely es­cape blame for the Brexit dis­as­ter.

JOHN CAMERON St. An­drews, Scot­land

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