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In May, political analyst Joan Walsh dubbed German Chancellor Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world, in light of United States President Donald Trump's poor performance as a diplomat.

On MSNBC Live he said that although he defeated the first woman US Presidential candidate in the form of Hillary Clinton:

He’s now made a woman a leader of the free world.

Because, it’s Angela Merkel, right now.

He has abdicated.

Angela Merkel seems to be trying to cement that perception.

First, at a rally in Germany following her first G8 meeting with Donald Trump abroad, she said:

The times in which we could completely rely on others are on the way out.

I’ve experienced that in the last few days.

We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.

Now, with three months to go to the German Federal Elections, she has criticised Donald Trump's approach to international cooperation and politics, saying she will seek a clear signal from the G20 to oppose his stance.

She told the German Parliament Thursday morning that "protectionism cannot be a solution" to global issues, and that "the Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable."

We are convinced that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, an existential challenge.

We cannot wait to act until the science has convinced every last doubter.

Reuters also reported:

She said she had agreed a plan with France's newly elected President Emmanuel Macron to deepen cooperation in the European Union and the Eurozone, adding that the EU needed to take on more responsibility for tackling security concerns it faced, including a threat from 'terrorism'.

If you're looking for the nerve centre for international cooperation, it's no longer found in the Oval Office.

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