European Union agreed time not right for G7 to readmit Russia: Merkel - International

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe needs to step up to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order, setting the stage for a potential tense standoff at the Group of Seven summit this week.

U.S. President Donald Trump called earlier on Friday for Russian Federation to be brought back into the global grouping - Moscow was expelled in the wake of its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands next to Mr Trump, also with folded arms, as French President Emmanuel Macron leans in next to Mrs Merkel.

The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, ended in disarray after Trump said the United States wouldn't endorse the joint communique, and insulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The two-day summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, has ended in disarray with Trump refusing to endorse the joint statement from the G7 leaders and threatening further tariffs against other nations.

"The leaders of the G7 has not discussed climate change and trade, which are the most sensitive" she said.

The measure hits European Union trading partners even though the main target is overcapacity at state-backed Chinese producers, who Europe and the U.S. have long complained have flooded markets with cheap steel.

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