Merkel sees no reason to return Russian Federation to G8


The new format was put in place by the coalition that took office in March.

She said that points to a "serious problem with multilateral agreements".

The group of Western powers meets in Canada on Friday and Saturday amid growing tensions between the USA and its allies after Washington announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement, and slapped steel and aluminum tariffs on its traditional partners.

She also said she did not see any prospect of a strategic change in the G7's stance towards China, but that it was important to stress the need for reciprocity in opening markets.

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German chancellors have not beforehand interacted straight with lawmakers in the identical approach British prime ministers do at their weekly query time.

"I'm in favor of talks with Russian Federation", she said, "But keeping in mind the differences we have". "The U.S. move "[undermines] open trade and confidence in the global economy", the six nations of the group said in a statement.

The chancellor said she would go into the June 8-9 summit "with goodwill" and pledged to preserve the trade and climate conclusions agreed at last year's G7 and G20 summits, amid growing worldwide tensions following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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

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In a weekend newspaper interview, Merkel offered her most detailed response to French President Emmanuel Macron's ideas for reforming Europe, seeking to avert a damaging rift with Paris at a time of anxiety over Italy and growing transatlantic tensions.

She said she would try to discuss differences with the US over Iran and trade tariffs with Trump.

AfD, however, sought to assail Merkel over the influx of more than a million migrants to Germany in 2015 and 2016.

"When will you resign?" asked lawmaker Gottfried Curio. "But I'll be back".

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