After Trump's remarks Merkel says Europe's fate is in its own hands while economists fear end of free trade. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Europe's destiny lies in its own hands, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday (January 16) 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 Bill English. 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." Economists fear an end of free trade if Donald Trump should really implement all the policies he and his team are discussing. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump warned German car companies he would impose a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported to the U.S. market, a plan that drew sharp rebukes from Berlin and hit the automakers' shares. In an interview with German newspaper Bild, published on Monday, Trump criticised German carmakers such as BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen for failing to produce more cars on U.S. soil. "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax," Trump said in remarks translated into German. "I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the USA, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that," Trump said.