Angela Merkel : German Chancellor takes aim at Trump ahead of stormy G20

by Antonio Miles June 30, 2017, 0:37
Angela Merkel : German Chancellor takes aim at Trump ahead of stormy G20

Speaking to the German parliament, Merkel said the European Union stands fully behind its commitment to the Paris Climate Change deal.

The summit was expected to be dominated by Mr Trump's first meeting with Vladimir Putin since his election as United States president. She announced that she would try to find solutions to global challenges with the leaders of the world's leading powers in Hamburg. "That I won't do", Merkel said.

Merkel said resistance from climate change skeptics will not convince the members of the pact to revise the agreement, calling it "irreversible".

The German chancellor added that her country was "more determined than ever" to fulfill the provisions of the Paris accord after it was dumped by Washington.

"Since the decision of the U.S.to quit the Paris Climate Agreement, we are more determined than ever to make it successful", she said.

Merkel told the German parliament Thursday that "protectionism can not be a solution" to the world's problems.

German local authorities' banning of campaign rallies by Turkish ministers earlier this year contributed to tensions between the two countries, which were also inflamed by other issues like Turkey's jailing of two German journalists.

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Ahead of that summit, she is hosting a meeting of the European leaders who will take part in the summit later on Thursday at the chancellery in Berlin.

The move promoted major backlash from Democrats, environmental groups and numerous U.S.'s allies overseas that were part of the agreement.

The German chancellor vowed not to shy away from hard discussions with a sharp attack on the U.S. for rejecting the scientific argument for action against climate change.

Merkel recently urged the European Union to "take its fate into its own hands" as the us and the United Kingdom are looking after their own interests.

But he said Europe would "clearly reaffirm our very strong commitment to the Paris accords", adding: "I hope that the others can be brought back to their senses".

"We in the German government are considering defining industries of strategic importance to Europe", such as microchip manufacture, she said.

Mr Trump pulled the USA out of the deal on 1 June, saying the Paris agreement was a deal that aimed to hobble, disadvantage and impoverish the US. He stressed that "the relationship with the United States is a long-term one". On the agenda for the meeting are free trade, climate change and migration.


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