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BERLIN Danilo D'Ambrosio Jersey , May 30 (Xinhua) -- Political tensions between Germany and the U.S government continue to come to a head as U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to tweet.

He wrote: "We have a massive trade deficit with Germany" and that what Germany pays "is far less than they should on NATO and military" which he deems bad for the United States, promising to change the situation.

The comments come as German Chancellor Angela Merkel told an election rally on Sunday that Germany may no longer be able rely on the United States and Britain and added that the EU "must now fight for its own future."

Disagreement within the German coalition government on how to deal with the U.S president is also mounting. Germany's Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel strongly criticized President Trump on Monday accusing him of "short sighted policies which stand against the European Union and are weakening the West."

Martin Schulz, the head of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and chancellor candidate, also raised strong concerns about Trump's focus on "political blackmail instead of international diplomacy."

However, Michael Grosse-Broemte Daniele Padelli Jersey , a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician, although critical of Trump, is strongly against worsening relations between the EU and the United States. The CDU politician believes the transatlantic relationship is important with or without President Trump, saying "As Europeans we shouldn't allow the Donald Trump logic to affect us."

Eric Schweitzer, the president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Dalbert Henrique Jersey , agreed with Grosse-Broemte and told the German newspaper Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung on Tuesday: "German trade with the United States is worth over 150 million euros (168 million U.S. dollars) per year."

Political tensions have been rising since the U.S. president was inaugurated in January 2017. Recent tense meetings at both NATO and G7 served to add fuel to the political fire.

Trump refused to agree to the 2015 Paris climate accord, reiterated past claims that other NATO members were not reaching their military spending commitment of 2 percent GDP (gross domestic product) and infamously described German trade practices as "bad, very bad."

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CANBERRA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Australia's politicians have on Friday been forced to defend a two percent pay rise, which has been announced on the same day that tens of thousands of hospitality and retail workers prepare to face cuts to their Sunday penalty rates.

On Friday Cristian Ansaldi Jersey , it was revealed that the Fair Work Commission tribunal ticked off a two percent increase in pollie pay packets for the year starting July 1, bringing the base wage for a backbencher from 199,040 Australian dollars (150,136 U.S. dollars) to 203,020 Australian dollars (153 Borja Valero Jersey ,138 U.S. dollars) per year.

Cabinet members will be paid an average of 350,209 Australian dollars (264,163 U.S. dollars) from July 1, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's salary will rise from 517,504 Australian dollars (390 Antonio Candreva Jersey ,353 U.S. dollars) per year to 527,852 dollars per year (398,159 U.S. dollars) -- a rise of 10,348 Australian dollars (7805 U.S. dollars).

On Friday, Turnbull admitted there was "never a good time" to raise politicians' pay Andrea Ranocchia Jersey , but former politicians and the Australian Taxpayers' Association have raised concerns that it isn't a good look given the current economic climate.

Controversially, this Sunday will also be the first Sunday in which tens of thousands of hospitality and retails workers will not be paid penalty rates - time and a half - for working on a weekend, after the government passed the laws earlier this year.

Speaking on the Seven Network on Friday morning, former Labor Party leader Mark Latham said amid record low levels of wage growth and considering the level of government debt, it was a hard pill to swallow for hardworking taxpayers.

"(They don't deserve the rise) while wage growth is so flat right across the economy. Let's dispel this notion that it's an "independent tribunal". You only get on the tribunal if you're in favor of the pay increases. It's only their mates who get on the tribunal and they're all in favor of the pay increase Andrea Pinamonti Jersey ," Latham said on Friday.

A spokesperson for the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance told News Corp that Australia has some of the highest paid bureaucrats in the world", claiming that Aussie politicians earned up to "two or three times" the salary of their British and American counterparts.

"It is an absolute disgrace that at the same time our politicians are raising taxes on struggling families and we have over 500 billion dollars of debt, our political class is rewarding itself with more lavish pay rises," the spokesperson said.

But politicians have come to defense of the pay rise; Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told Sky News that while there was "never a good time" to raise the salary of lawmakers, it was decided by an "independent tribunal" and not the politicians themselves.

"It's never a good time. I mean minimum wages Customized Inter Milan Jerseys , by another independent tribunal, were increased by 3.3 percent the other day," Cormann told Sky News.

"Politicians and the relevant public sector pay levels had been frozen for a period; a 2 percent pay rise was determined by an independent tribunal. It's not our decision, there's a never a good time, but considering the circums. Cheap Nets Jerseys   Cheap Dallas Mavericks Jerseys   Cheap Charlotte Hornets Jerseys   Cheap Atlanta Hawks Jerseys   Cheap Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys   Cheap Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys   Cheap Boston Celtics Jerseys   Wholesale Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys   Wholesale Chicago Bulls Jerseys   Wholesale Milwaukee Bucks Jerseys 

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