Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Germany's Merkel sees tough G7 talks, warns on trade issues

Germany's Merkel sees tough G7 talks, warns on trade issues

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after being awarded the Charlemagne Prize during a ceremony in Aachen, Germany May 10, 2018.

The group of Western powers meets in Charlevoix, Quebec on Friday and Saturday amid growing tensions between the U.S. and its allies after Washington announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement. "This format, which is aimed at the observance of global law, is now impossible for Russia", Merkel said.

Merkel told lawmakers on Wednesday that Germany will work to ensure that the summit's communique doesn't fall below what was agreed at last year's G-7 and Group of 20 summits.

German chancellors have not previously interacted directly with MPs in the same way British prime ministers do at their weekly question time.

"For this reason I'm going towards the new Italian government, too, in such a way that we can talk to each other, and we will say that a Euroepan Union is based on respect for the rules on the part of all". "We negotiated in a very tough way with Greece and in the end we reached a good accord", Merkel said.

Merkel said she will try to discuss problems such as Iran and tariffs with President Donald Trump.

She said Russia's readmission to such a format is not now feasible.

At Wednesday's one-hour session, questions and answers were kept to a maximum of a minute each, in a calm but concentrated atmosphere far removed from that often experienced in Westminster.

Merkel, who appeared unimpressed by Netanyahu's remarks about a looming genocide by Iran against Israel, reiterated that Berlin remains committed to the terms of the Iran nuclear deal signed by China, Russia, France, Britain, the United States and Germany in 2015.

"When will you resign?" asked lawmaker Gottfried Curio. But "I'll come back".

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