Merkel, Macron to challenge Trump over climate change

The G20 (Group of 20 economic powers) will meet in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July. Angela Merkel has signalled she will challenge Donald Trump on climate change and “isolationism and protectionism”.

A week after attending the G7 last month Trump said that the US would pull out of the Paris climate agreement. He appeared to not want to address it up front while meeting with other world leaders.

Reuters: Merkel issues warning to Trump ahead of G20 summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to fight for free trade and press on with multilateral efforts to combat climate change at the G20 summit next week, challenging the “America First” policies of U.S. President Donald Trump.

In a defiant speech to parliament a week before she will host a summit of the world’s top economic powers in Hamburg, the northern port city where she was born, Merkel did not mention Trump by name but said global problems could not be solved with protectionism and isolation.

“These will not be easy talks,” Merkel said. “The differences are obvious and it would be wrong to pretend they aren’t there. I simply won’t do this.”

Ahead of the G20 summit, Trump’s administration has threatened to take punitive trade measures against China, including introducing tariffs on steel imports.

Merkel’s trade challenge:

“Anybody who believes the problems of the world can be solved with isolationism and protectionism is making a big mistake,” Merkel said.

Merkel and Macron on the Paris accord:

Merkel said she was “more determined than ever” to make the Paris accord a success since Trump’s decision to pull out, calling climate change an “existential challenge”.

“We cannot wait until every last person on earth has been convinced of the scientific proof,” she said.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in Berlin for the meeting of EU leaders, which included the prime ministers of Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Britain, said he hoped the United States would “return to reason” on climate.

Trump is unlikely to backtrack on fulfilling one of the election promises he followed through on. It will be interesting to see whether he is willing to engage and debate at the G20 meeting, or avoid it and do his own thing regardless.

 

7 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  June 30, 2017

    Trump…the only man to call the emperor out for being naked.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  June 30, 2017

      Or the latest in a long line of Emperors to rock up to the podium stark naked.

    • Zedd

       /  June 30, 2017

      OR the man who believes he is Emperor (of USA) ?
      I think HE is naked (under that wig) 😀

  2. Zedd

     /  June 30, 2017

    GO.. Angie, give the fool a boot up his A (or elsewhere).
    He’s a TOTAL F@CKING NUT-JOB !!

    • Zedd

       /  June 30, 2017

      & Ive been accused of being a ‘down-ticker’.. obviously many others ARE doing it too !!!!!!!

  3. Brown

     /  June 30, 2017

    When you hear squealing you know what you are doing is working. I hope Trump squeezes these socialist nuts harder than ever.

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