Merkel says differences on trade remain despite joint G7 communique

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a unique photo from the sidelines of the G7 summit on Saturday in Quebec, showing the nations' leaders gathering informally.

"But we have a way to go in order to get to a common position that is ambitious and targeted", Le Maire said.

"I have spoken of a sobering experience, which for me is a lot", she added.

Note, for the return of Russian Federation to the format of "Big eight" were made by the President of the United States Donald trump.

The German leader again questioned the durability of trans-Atlantic relations by referring to eye-raising comments she made over a year ago in which she said that "the times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over".

"I think everyone knows that there will be hard discussions there", said the Chancellor, referring to the two-day G7 summit, which will start on Friday in Charlevoix in Canada's Quebec.

Macron left his mark on Trump's hand after a firm handshake
Image:Emmanuel Macron left his mark on Donald Trump’s hand after a firm handshake

The legality of the decisions at that time was confirmed by the European Court of Justice.

"Well, if they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump told reporters Saturday when asked about what might happen if those countries did not agree. After Russia joined the group in 1997, the format was renamed G8.

Russian Federation ruled out of the Big eight in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and military aggression in Donbas.

Looking ahead to the next major diplomatic encounter with Trump - a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance leaders in July - "it won't be easy", Merkel said.

To deal with future military threats to Europe, Merkel pointed out that the European Union had already agreed to "build up complementary capabilities to NATO".

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