Merkel warns over trade issues ahead of 'tough' G7 talks

09 June, 2018, 23:46 | Author: Carlos George
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Merkel told the German Bundestag (German parliament) on Wednesday that there is a serious problem with multilateral agreements and that is why there will be controversies, particularly on global trade, climate protection and development policies.

Asked if she thought the G-7 should invite Russian Federation - which was thrown out of the grouping after it annexed Crimea in 2014 - back in, she said actions in Crimea were a "flagrant breach" and that Russia's removal was "unavoidable".

According to Merkel, the summit, to be held on 8 and 9 this month in the municipality of Charlevoix, in northeastern Quebec will be an important scenario after Washington's removal from the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the imposition of tariffs on European imports of aluminum and steel. She said that points to a "serious problem with multilateral agreements".

Merkel is anticipated to deal with the Group of seven Western powers' summit in Quebec later this week after which face questions.

The first question came from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is now Germany's main opposition.

"I will of course try to speak to the USA president about the current problems that we have overall, in particular on Iran and on trade tariffs", Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

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While it lacked the raucous free-for-all quality of the familiar British version of the tradition, Wednesday's session marked the first time the German chancellor has faced members of parliament for a direct interrogation.

But the prospect of more solidarity has raised concerns in Germany, where conservative lawmakers are particularly allergic to the idea of German taxpayers being asked to fund other European countries.

But there "must not be a compromise for the sake of a compromise", she told lawmakers, saying there was "no sense in papering over divisions".

Germany has long sought a permanent seat.

Other issues that the two sides see differently include the status of Jerusalem, said the German leader, who also said Berlin still favors a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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