Angela Merkel predicts controversial G7 summit

Angela Merkel predicts controversial G7 summit

Angela Merkel predicts controversial G7 summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel made a forceful pitch for Europe 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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany June 6, 2018.

Asked if she thought the G-7 should invite Russian Federation - which was thrown out of the grouping after it annexed Crimea in 2014 - back in, she said actions in Crimea were a "flagrant breach" and that Russia's removal was "unavoidable".

The group of Western powers meets in Charlevoix, Quebec on Friday and Saturday amid growing tensions between the United States and its allies after Washington announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement.

She added, however, that "we must not keep watering down" previous summit conclusions committing the G-7 countries to fair multilateral trade and rejecting protectionism.

"Of course I will try to speak with the American president on the current problems we have, especially with regard to Iran and with regard to trade tariffs", she said.

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But the prospect of more solidarity has raised concerns in Germany, where conservative lawmakers are particularly allergic to the idea of German taxpayers being asked to fund other European countries.

"There must not be a compromise simply for the sake of a compromise", she said.

The parliament's question and answer format will see Merkel address lawmakers in one-hour sessions three times a year.

She also noted that Germany has sought to keep in frequent contact with Russian Federation, but said "a format that is explicitly based on respecting worldwide law is not viable for Russian Federation at present".

Germany has long sought a permanent seat.

"I'm in favor of talks with Russian Federation", she said, "But keeping in mind the differences we have".

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