dglobalnews.com G20 leaders seek common ground in Hamburg
Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

G20 leaders seek common ground in Hamburg

G20 leaders seek common ground in Hamburg

President Donald Trump was met with thousands of protesters when he arrived at meetings in Brussels in May.

On Sunday, at least 10,000 people in Hamburg peacefully protested the upcoming summit, one of about 30 protests planned in the coming days, in part to protest Trump's policies, including his announced intention to pull the USA out of the climate change agreement.

When asked by German weekly Die Zeit if she would stand by those words today, Merkel answered in the affirmative, specifically mentioning the US.

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military.

Merkel's first meeting with the US president in March turned awkward when Trump appeared to decline to shake her hand.

His counterparts are bracing for fresh surprises after Trump stunned the world by pulling out of the 2015 Paris climate pact, questioned long-standing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allegiances and dismissed free trade principles.

Welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to Berlin, Mrs Merkel said their pre-summit meeting was "a good opportunity to expand and broaden our extensive strategic relations".

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She said that while there would be common ground on combating terrorism financing, "in other areas there are many differences".

"While we seek chances to co-operate for everyone's benefit, globalization is seen in the American administration as a process which isn't about win-win situations but about winners and losers", she said.

Trump later announced he was pulling the USA out of a landmark agreement to combat climate change reached in 2015 in Paris.

"Whoever believes the problems of this world can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error", Ms Merkel said last week.

Police uses a water cannon during a protest at Schanzenviertel ahead the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 4, 2017.

Still, German security officials are preparing for the worst, drawing upon decades of experience dealing with violent May Day demonstrations and other protests at major events, including the G-7 in 2015 and G-8 in 2007.

"No demonstrator can determine whether and when and where leaders of states and governments meet in Germany upon the chancellor's invitation", he said, stressing that the summit would not be disrupted by protests.

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