January 16, 2017 / 1:29 PM / 2 years ago

Merkel, responding to Trump, says Europe's fate is in its own hands

BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe’s destiny lies in its own hands, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday in response to comments from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who said in a newspaper interview he believed other countries would leave the EU after Britain.

“I think we Europeans have our fate in our own hands,” Merkel told a joint news conference with New Zealand’s prime minister.

Asked about Trump’s criticism of her migrant policy, Merkel said: “I am personally waiting for the inauguration of the U.S. president. Then of course we will work with him on all levels.”

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Victoria Bryan

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