Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has indicated Europe can no longer completely rely on its American and British allies in the wake of Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump, declaring the continent's destiny is in "our own hands".
Her extraordinary comments followed meetings of European leaders with Mr Trump at Nato and the G7.
Mrs Merkel, speaking at an election campaign event in a Bavarian beer tent, said it had served as a wake-up call.
She said: "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days.
"And so, all I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands."
It seems a long time since Obama said the UK would be at the back of the queue if it came to Brexit but with Donald complaining about the Germans, the Europeans making fewer uncooperative and threatening noises about us and Theresa May seemingly determined to keep on good terms with everybody, we could be in a good position here with both of them courting our good will.