In “Watershed Moment” Merkel Says Germany Can No Longer Rely On America | Zero Hedge

One day after Donald Trump infuriated Angela Merkel and the rest of his G-7 peers, when the US president refused to endorse the Paris climate treaty, prompting the German chancellor to say that “the whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory… here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the EU, stand against one”, Germany’s prime minister made what many have dubbed, an “era-defining” statement.Speaking at a CDU election rally in Munich, Merkel said that Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” or as the AFP put it, “Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners.”Faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, Merkel said “die zeiten, in denen wir uns auf andere völlig verlassen konnten, sind ein Stück vorbei”, or loosely translated “the times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out” and added that “I’ve experienced that in the last few days.”Merkel then said that while Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, “we have to fight for our own destiny” and she also said that special emphasis was needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.Her comments came after Trump said during the G-7 meeting he needed more time to decide if the US would continue backing the Paris climate deal, which has frustrated European diplomats. A subseqent report by Axios, Trump privately told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, that “he plans to leave the Paris agreement on climate change” which will likely further infurate his European allies.During his trip, Trump also echoed his past criticism of NATO allies for failing to meet the defensive alliance’s military spending commitment of two percent of GDP. Observers noted that he neglected to publicly endorse the pact’s Article Five, which guarantees that member countries will aid the others they are attacked. The omission was especially striking as he unveiled a memorial to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the US, the only time the mutual defense clause has been triggered.On Friday, Trump also described German trade practices as “bad, very bad,” in Brussels talks last week, complaining that Europe’s largest economy sells too many cars to the US.Reactions to Merkel’s striking comment came pouring in from the likes of Edward Snowden who called her speech an “era-defining moment”:… the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Richard Haass, who called it a “watershed moment”… the editor of the Financial Times, calling it a”big moment in transatlantic relations”… and many others:In short, it seems that the time for a New-er World Order may be at hand, and many are not too happy.

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For tredje gang: Aalborg Håndbold er danske mestre | BT Håndbold –

Aalborg Håndbold vinder DM-guld hos herrerne efter sejr på 32-25 ude over Skjern. Da den første finale sluttede uafgjort, er nordjydernes guld en kendsgerning.Aalborg Håndbold kan for anden gang på fem sæsoner kalde sig dansk mester i herrehåndbold.Det blev en kendsgerning, da Aalborg på udebane vandt den anden DM-finale over Skjern med cifrene 32-25.Da den første finale i Aalborg sluttede uafgjort 26-26 i torsdags, kunne kun en ny uafgjort kamp tvinge finalen ud i en tredje match, og det blev altså ikke nødvendigt.Aalborg var i kontrol i stort set hele kampen og sejrede, uden det blev spændende i slutfasen. Tværtimod.Læs også:Aalborg har lært af pokallussing mod Skjern før finaleNordjyderne var skarpest fra begyndelsen, og allerede efter ni minutter var den første firemålsføring skabt ved 6-2.Den afstand var også en kendsgerning efter 20 minutter, hvor Skjern-træner Ole Nørgaard kaldte til timeout og meddelte, at han savnede de sidste fem-ti procent i forsvaret.På det tidspunkt var det dog også begrænset, hvor begejstret man kunne være over holdets angrebsspil, og kort efter skulle Ole Nørgaard da også gå over til at spille syv mod seks i angrebsfase.Det boostede de næste angreb, men ikke mere, end at Aalborg kunne gå til pausen med en føring på 14-10.Eneste malurt i det nordjyske bæger var, at holdets helt store profil, norske Sander Sagosen, allerede efter 25 minutter trak sin anden udvisning på to minutter og derfra måtte være påpasselig for at undgå et rødt kort.Læs også:Skjern-træner forudser krig i andet DM-finaleopgørSkjern kom bedre med straks efter pausen, og efter ni minutter sørgede Lasse Mikkelsen med sit ottende mål for, at stillingen lød 16-17.Aalborg svarede dog tilbage med to mål, og så var den nogenlunde komfortable føring genetableret.Få minutter senere misbrugte Lasse Mikkelsen et straffekast ved stillingen 17-20, og det blev ekstra dyrt, da Aalborg få sekunder efter igen bragte sig foran med fire mål med 14 minutter tilbage.Afstanden blev også fem mål med ti minutter tilbage, og derfra formåede Skjern aldrig at gøre det spændende. I stedet øgede Aalborg.Skjern må sande, at klubbens eneste mesterskab stadig ligger 18 år tilbage, mens Aalborg kan juble over det andet guld på fem år og det tredje i alt./ritzau/

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Sea Levels Are Rising Even Faster Than Previously Thought

The new scientific analysis was made by a team of European researchers who published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. “We have a much stronger acceleration in sea level rise than formerly thought,” researcher Sönke Dangendorf from the University of Siegen in Germany told the Washington Post.According to the study, oceans were rising at a rate of 1.1 millimeters per year (roughly 0.43 inches per decade) prior to 1990. However, from 1993 through 2012, the rate increased to about 3.1 millimeters per year (1.22 inches per decade). This rate is faster than what’s been presented in previous findings.

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