Der Speigel has an article asking that very question and I for one would like to offer some possible answers.
“The times in which we could completely rely on others are over to a certain extent. That is what I experienced in the last few days,” Merkel said. “That is why I can only say: We Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands.”
She went on to say: “Of course in friendship with the United States of America.” She emphasized friendship with the U.S. on a few other occasions in her remarks as well. But then said: “We have to fight for our own future, as Europeans, for our destiny.”
#1. Fraü Merkel obviously recognizes the opportunity to dominate the newly elected Pussy in Paris and post it up as a new era of cooperation and EU greatness. She is now and always has been about Germany and she is absolutely dedicated to the Berlin’s dominance over the lesser Euroweenies.
#2. Merkel is wagging the dog. Trump & Brexit is like manna from Heaven for the Merkel. Her domestic destruction plan that flooded Germany with Islamists has gone so well she needs the outlet of a grand scheme like EU musical chairs. It’s laughable to say Merkel is viewed as the “leader of the free world” when at best she’s headmistress at the S&M club that is New Europe. The Visegrad states really love her for example.
#3. Merkel is really disgruntled and it is starting to wear on her. She like many here in the USA just can’t resist firing a shot or two at Trump and to a lesser degree America. I personally don’t mind the ones at Donald but the dishonest,disgraceful and deceitful knock on the USA is another matter and is probably the real reason her comments have caused a stir. Germany is a petulant whore girl who is now whining. That the symbolism gels with Merkel’s decline is serendipity.
#4. Don’t worry it’s the beer talking. Although Der Speigel makes it a point that Merkel won’t be able to get away from the bluster of this comment one could safely place a small wager that….YES! Yes she can.