Friday, 22 June, 2018

Merkel doesn't see readmission of Russia to G-7

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Melinda Barton | 10 June, 2018, 14:31

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday Germany must be ready to compromise with France on euro zone reform, signaling her readiness to negotiate three weeks before a European Union summit at which the bloc's future will be on the agenda.

"I will go in with good will", Merkel said.

She noted that, in the meantime, the USA has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement, as well as imposing tariffs on allies' steel and aluminum imports.

"All of that confirms the assessment that the world is being reorganized", Merkel told the EPP.

"I'm in favor of talks with Russian Federation", she said, "But keeping in mind the differences we have".

"It is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions", Merkel said.

Canada will host the event for the sixth time this year, the previous five of which were also in Quebec (1981), Toronto (1988), Halifax (1995), Kananaskis (2002) and Muskoka (2010).

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

Merkel, declined to make any comment on remarks by America's new and controversial ambassador to Germany Richard Grenel, who publicly criticized last week her policies, and vowed to support anti-establishment populist movements across Europe.

Wednesday marked the first time Merkel took questions in the Bundestag since she became chancellor 13 years ago.

At Wednesday's roughly one-hour session, questions and answers were kept to a maximum of a minute each, with no follow-up questions, and the calm but concentrated atmosphere was far from the lively question time in London.

Merkel replied that the influx that began in 2015 is "an exceptional humanitarian situation, [and that] Germany behaved very responsibly". "But I'll be back".