Germany to focus on free, fair trade at G20 summit, says Merkel

Germany to focus on free, fair trade at G20 summit, says Merkel

Pope Francis has asked Germany to keep fighting for the Paris climate change deal and to “tear down walls” that inhibit global cooperation, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, offering a stark contrast between her agenda and USA policy. “A political motivation, such as in relation to the G20 summit in Hamburg, has not been ruled out”, the police statement said in reference to an upcoming G20 meeting from July 7-8 in the northern port city. There won’t be a concluding statement “unless everyone has agreed” to it, she added.

President Donald Trump has pulled the USA out of a trade agreement with Pacific nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the United States withdrawal and shared her aim to “bring down walls”, and not build them. “In view of the new American administration that isn’t easy, but we must make the effort nonetheless”. In a speech to an annual German industry congress, she stressed the need to persuade others of the advantages of open markets and free and fair world trade.

The findings of an investigation by Trump’s administration into whether foreign-made steel imports pose a risk to USA national security are expected to be released later this week. Prospects for a planned U.S.

Merkel reiterated her openness to considering deep reforms of the eurozone advocated by new French President Emmanuel Macron, but said the bottom line is whether changes increase prosperity and indicated that Germany stands by its aversion to pooling financial liability.

She added: “I don’t think that changes anything about the arguments in favor of this we need to continue with this but I think we have set out an ambitious path and implementing that is now the most important task”.