Angela Merkel looks East in one-on-one with PM Narendra Modi

Though Angela Merkel underlined the need for continued friendly relations with the United States, Britain and Russia, she said that “we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to Germany.

Written by Praveen Swami | Berlin | Updated: May 30, 2017 9:29 am
Narendra Modi, Angela Merkel, Modi gemany visit, india germany relations, india news PM Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Meseberg, Germany, on Monday. Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to discuss her vision for expanding the country’s strategic partnership with India during a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi late Monday evening, when the two leaders meet at the Baroque castle of Meseberg, 65 km north of the capital. Following on from growing strains with United States on a range of issues from climate change to free trade, as well as Britain’s looming exit from the European Union, Merkel said at a Sunday rally of her Christian Democratic Union that “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over”.

Though the Chancellor underlined the need for continued friendly relations with the United States, Britain and Russia, she said that “we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands”. Her comments led reporters to press official spokespersons for comment on whether powers like India would now be cultivated as new allies, at a briefing held at Germany’s Foreign Ministry Monday.

Even though Germany continued to see its trans-Atlantic relationship with the United States as key to its future, a German diplomat told The Indian Express, it “sees countries like India, with its growing economy and democratic political system, as important partners”. Merkel and Modi are also expected to discuss climate change, a key concern for Germany, which has pitted it against the United States. President Donald Trump has announced he is close to making a decision on the landmark Paris accord on climate change, and is reported to have told close advisors he intends to walk away from the multination deal.

Following the one-on-one meeting between Merkel and Modi Monday evening, inter-governmental meetings will be held between officials of the two countries on a range of issues on Tuesday, with trade, technology and security expected to be among the focus areas. The two leaders will also be meeting with Chief Executive Officers of major German firms Tuesday afternoon for a round-table discussion on business and investment issues. German businesses have been concerned at the failure to firm up a treaty between India and the European Union, which would safeguard their investments in the country.

Modi’s visit coincides with that of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who has been seeking greater German participation in the One Belt, One Road initiative. Like India, Germany has said it has concerns over the lack of transparency on the norms that would govern OBOR, and is seeking guarantees that existing World Trade Organisation free trade rules would apply to the ambitious project. The presence of both the Indian and Chinese leaders in Berlin has been interpreted by several writers in the German media, however, as a sign that the country increasingly sees its economic destiny as linked to Asia, rather than its traditional Western partners.

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    Kamal Pasha
    May 31, 2017 at 11:39 am
    All lies to hide the disgraced and failed trip of Modi to Germany.
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      indian man
      May 30, 2017 at 10:10 am
      Hindus in Hindu stan was living peacefully until Muslims came from West and settled here. Today entire Hindu stan suffering.
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        Joydeep
        May 30, 2017 at 11:29 am
        Well well, tribals and dravidians were fine in this land until aryans came from central asia and established their religions here.
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          indian man
          May 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm
          Read book " In search of the Cradle of Civilization : New Light onAncient India " . Then you understand Hindu stan is Hindu birthplace. Aryan never invaded India.
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            Pradeep Doddaballapur
            May 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm
            Bunkum. Aryan Invasion theory has been disproved by genetics, uistics and archaeology. Get out of the history books written decades ago and read the scientific evidence that has collected thus far...
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              Joydeep
              May 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm
              there has been a lot of genetic research done, which shows the trail of genes coming from africa, iran central asia in 3 waves to India. Wake up. read real science.
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            rameshnk
            May 30, 2017 at 10:00 am
            There are a lot of Antinationals within India itself. Some of the coments made here are a clear indication. These people forget how the previous scamgress dispaensation repeatedly sold national interest at the alter of sticking to power, minority appea t, vote bank politcs. You are all products of that vote bank politis. My question to contributors from Christian faith - what did your Mr.Superclean Antony, the great diefence minister of UPA did in 10 years of UPA rule. What was the status of our defence preparedness and arms acquisition. Why did Anthony compromised with national defence. Just to show to the world that he is clean,. If he was all that clean what happened Agusta Westland, Wherein there was more than a 10 hike in the estimate just to accommodate for commissions to Madmaji and Dynasty. So much for your Christian faith???? By the way Soniaji and Antonyji were both Christians!!!!
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              Joydeep
              May 30, 2017 at 9:38 am
              Hope the people of Germany know that the rss-bjp is anti-Christian. Oh of course they know. happy trip to modi saab.
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                indian man
                May 30, 2017 at 9:53 am
                Asssss hol. Living in India, eating in India and abusing India.
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                  Joydeep
                  May 30, 2017 at 10:41 am
                  Your language reflects what you are. And everyone knows the bjp rss is anti Christian. Thanks Western world knows that better. And just tel that makes me anti national? Eh? This country is as much mine as it is yours. But the bitter truth is that the RSS BJP hates Christians and Muslim.
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                Arya TATA.ki.jai
                May 30, 2017 at 9:30 am
                BJP's past organizationas supported Hitler JI for his Aryan supremacy. Hope Modi red establishes the connections. We already have a NEO N A Z I R"SS" ba st ar da to back Shri Modi JI in that regard.
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                  indian man
                  May 30, 2017 at 9:54 am
                  Asssss hol. India is suffering because of bas tard like you. Living in India, eating in India and abusing India.
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                  Ivan
                  May 30, 2017 at 9:24 am
                  Hansel and Gretel.
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                    Apte
                    May 30, 2017 at 8:19 am
                    1. Our PM is in Europe with a goal to make India’s presence felt. 2. Here I wish to make a few observations. All European countries are witnessing rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Many of them have to deal with terrorist activities of individuals who are radicalized in stan, Libya, Algeria and Syria. Of these countries stan is one which has received massive military and financial istance from USA. stan in turn funded terrorist outfits like LeT & JeM and these outfits have often been responsible for terror attacks in our country as well in European countries. 2. Hence our PM is right when he says that terrorism is ‘gravest challenge’ facing humanity. 3. My query is this: When would USA and European countries confront stan with evidence of stan’s support to terrorist outfits? Would these countries demand imposition of sanctions against stan? I hope that our PM’s visit to Europe will prompt heads of States there to rethink their anti-terror strategy.
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                      madhu
                      May 30, 2017 at 7:54 am
                      Looks like this foreign tour made some progess.
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                        Narinder Dogra
                        May 30, 2017 at 11:56 am
                        Modi sahib ac ulated a lot of frequent flyers miles.
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