Think about that for a minute and then consider the context of Merkel's statement that seems to have shook up the U.S. press... A simple statement from Merkel strikes fear into the U.S. press. Why, is a puzzle to me. Breaking it down... “completely rely on others” should have ended long ago. For years the U.S. has been asking “Europe” to step up and do more for their own defense. Why it is such a surprise, baffles me. The German mouth piece, Der Spiegel, dropped a very big hint prior to Trump’s visit. Again... "dependence on the U.S." The EU economy is near equal to that of the U.S. Why then should the EU be dependent upon the U.S.?