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Germany says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation concerned about Trump 'obsolete' remark

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In the interview, Trump said British voters would not have approved leaving the European Union had Europe not been engulfed in a migrant crisis.

"It's obsolete, first because it was designed many, many years ago", Trump told German-based Bild, according to Bloomberg. "No. 2, the countries aren't paying what they're supposed to pay".

While saying he had "great respect" for the German leader, Trump said Merkel made a "catastrophic mistake" by welcoming an influx of immigrants into her country.

Separately, former French prime minister Manuel Valls, now a presidential hopeful, said Mr Trump's remarks amounted to a "declaration of war on Europe", which the incoming U.S. president "quite simply suggests should break up".

He criticized Russia's intervention in Syria and repeated his campaign trail criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying the alliance is "obsolete" and many members are not paying their share.

Gabriel, who will likely run as the center-left candidate against Merkel in Germany's federal elections in September, said Trump's election should encourage Europeans to stand up for themselves. I mean, we're talking here about parts of Europe, parts of the world and parts of Europe, where we have problems, where they come in and cause problems.

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In the wake of Britain voting to leave the European Union, Trump said he would do a "fair" trade deal with the country within weeks of taking office.

"I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner", Kerry told CNN's Christiane Amanpour during a one-day visit to London in the last week of the Obama administration. But, overall, he is seen to be taking a notably harder stance toward the alliance than his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, who praised the alliance during a Senate confirmation hearing in Washington last week.

But EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged her peers to remain calm.

Trump has said resolving the conflict will be a priority of his administration and suggested that his son-in-law Jared Kushner could help broker a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

President Barack Obama previously warned Britons that a new trade agreement with the usa would take years to accomplish.

Adam Boulton is in the United States presenting a special Sky News programme - Trump: America's President - every day at midnight from now until Friday. He blamed the number of refugees entering the EU's borders as the "final straw that broke the camel's back".

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