German Chancellor Ready for G20 Climate Combat with Trump

Laura Christensen
June 30, 2017

Merkel also said Thursday that Europe was "more determined than ever" to fight climate change after Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris agreement.

In a speech to German parliament today, Merkel stressed that European Union stands fully behind its commitment to the agreement.

The German Chancellor will host leaders from the world's 20 largest economies at the Hamburg summit between July 7 and 8. "Obviously, we see things differently", she added.

As part of her 2013 election campaign, Merkel expressed opposition to same-sex marriage, saying: "I'm not sure, as far as the children's welfare is concerned".

"The Paris agreement is irreversible and non-negotiable and I am determined to carry out the negotiations at the G20 Summit so that they can serve the Paris climate agreement".

"We want to tackle this existential challenge and we can't and we won't wait until the last person on earth is convinced of the scientific basis for climate change", Merkel said. Still, meeting later Thursday with European participants in the G-20, she sought to downplay prospects of an outright clash with Trump.

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Her pledge echoed a rare joint statement from Germany, France and Italy rebuking Trump's call to revise the agreement, which he said would have paralyzed American businesses and prevented the U.S.

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

And, taking a swipe at the Trump administration and the US's stance on the Paris Agreement, she went on to add: "Those who think that the problems of this world can be solved with isolationism or protectionism are terribly wrong".

At the same time, these efforts must be coupled with a sustained commitment to a close partnership with the United States, said J├╝rgen Hardt, foreign policy spokesman for Merkel's ruling coalition in Parliament.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the volatile mix for the power meet, the list of potential minefield issues also includes the Syrian war, the Ukraine conflict and the diplomatic shut-out of Qatar.

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