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Merkel Ally Slams U.S. for Afghan Debacle as Tensions Rise

  • Germany, EU must plot own course, CDU lawmaker tells Bloomberg
  • U.S. is no longer ‘policeman of the world,’ Wadephul says
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Johann Wadephul spoke on “Bloomberg Surveillance: Early Edition.”Source: Bloomberg

An ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to rapidly withdraw from Afghanistan and said the fallout would lead to a more independent defense strategy for Germany and Europe. 

“Nobody asked us whether it was a good idea to leave that country in such a quick way,” Johann Wadephul, a deputy caucus leader for Merkel’s Christian Democrats in the Bundestag, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. “So, the very irritating situation we now have -- the chaos we are facing in Kabul -- is of course the result of this.”