"Because patriotism is exactly the opposite of nationalism".
"More European efforts on defence is great but it should never undermine the strength of the transatlantic bond", said Stoltenberg at a forum in Berlin on Monday.
Merkel, smiling, attempted to explain, repeating "I am the chancellor of Germany" with a German accent as the three posed for a photograph. Instead of displaying gratitude for being liberated by the first superpower in world history uninterested in conquest, Macron delivered a smug lecture.
Putin meanwhile said he and Trump - at odds over Washington's sanctions and the abandonment of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty - had had a brief but positive conversation during the centenary events. The US president's cordiality towards his Russian counterpart - despite alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election - has alarmed western European leaders who see Russia as a growing threat. Right now, the burden sharing has been largely on the United States, as the president will say, and he understands that, ' Trump stated.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres also spoke at the forum, and "warned of "parallels" between the present day and the unstable and risky 1930s as he marked the centenary of World War I in a speech in Paris", according to a report by RFI.
The president did go ahead with a trip and speech in the rain Sunday at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial just outside Paris.
Between five and 10 million civilians are estimated to have been killed.
"Will it be a photograph of the last moment of unity before the world fell into a new disorder?" he asked. The White House said Trump missed the event due to the rainy weather, a decision that overshadowed much of Trump's visit to France.
The Veterans Day speech came a day after Trump was criticized for failing to visit a different American cemetery about 60 miles (100 kilometers) outside of Paris on Saturday because rain grounded the helicopter he had planned to take. They were starting to learn German in Paris before the US came along. Nearly 10 million soldiers died, sometimes tens of thousands on a single day.
Almost all USA wine exports to major markets, including the European Union - of which France is a part - face tariffs, according to the Wine Institute, which represents California winemakers in Washington on matters of tax, trade and regulatory issues. The question remains open whether the multilateralists can do that without USA leadership.
On Sunday, Merkel met with the head of the United Nations, an organization born from the ashes of World War II, and the president of Serbia.
Expectations have been growing for a new Trump-Putin meeting as tensions pile up over the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and U.S. sanctions against Moscow.