Europe must no longer rely on U.S. for protection: Merkel

Europeans vow to keep Iranian nuclear deal

Pointing to the civil war in Syria, Merkel said that numerous global conflicts today were flaring on the doorstep of Europe. Receiving a round of applause, Merkel stated: "Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands".

Expectations of a regional flare-up were stoked by Mr Trump's announcement on Tuesday that he was withdrawing the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. It is her latest retort to Mr Trump, who this week withdrew the United States from a nuclear accord with Iran that European powers say they will uphold.

In a terse statement, the Elysee Palace said only that the two men "discussed matters relating to peace and stability in the Middle East", with no specific mention of Iran.

Late last night, the Israeli army said Iranian forces in Syria had fired 20 rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but that all had been intercepted by their air-defense system. "That is the task for the future".

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The men were taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for evaluation before being reunited with their families. They were seated with medical personnel, curtained off from reporters accompanying Pompeo on a short visit to Pyongyang .

But they are at odds on economics and finance, with Merkel reluctant to take steps - such as setting up a euro zone budget - that might lead to Germany carrying greater liability for other euro zone countries' problems.

The German leader spoke about European unity at an award ceremony in the city of Aachen, where she praised French President Emmanuel Macron for his "contagious enthusiasm" about the continent and said this would inspire young Europeans.

Le Drian said Monday in Berlin that "we will continue it independently of the American decision". "Other powers ... haven't kept their word", Macron said, without naming a country directly. "(But)... we will strengthen the euro zone, we will make it more competitive".

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