German interior minister pulls out of Merkel's integration summit

Share

His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Merkel to criticize the USA president's handling of the matter. She also described her impression from Trump's behavior at the summit as "disillusionment".

She said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization. Trump then declared on Twitter that he no longer endorsed the statement.

Merkel did not know Trump planned to do this and only found out he pulled out from the "arduously negotiated" declaration while she was returning from the summit.

Asked whether she supported the new "axis" on migration, Merkel said only that she backed "a shared European answer to the questions of illegal migration but also forms of legal migration". Highlighting that the document is still "legally-binding" as far as Germany is concerned, Merkel said she would uphold it but her patience after Trump's about-face had worn thin.

"The German auto industry is the core of the economy, therefore we have an interest that it has a strong position on the world's markets", Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Tuesday in a speech to lawmakers in Berlin.

Trudeau comments will cost Canada ‘a lot
The United States imposed new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum less than two weeks ago on a "national security" basis. Kudlow was hospitalized after suffering a mild heart attack when he returned to Washington.

European Union nations' failure to speak and act with one voice overseas is a "danger", Merkel warned, as is the fact "that we have no collective approach to the question of managing migration", vital if freedom of movement within Europe's borders is to be upheld. But Trudeau had simply reiterated points he'd made before: that Canada planned dollar-for-dollar retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

The German chancellor also said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but would seek dialogue with Russian Federation and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China. At a press conference following the summit, Trudeau repeated his earlier description of United States trade tariffs as "insulting" and vowed retaliatory measures would come in July.

The president's Twitter outburst, sent as he flew to an historic meeting with North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un in Singapore, unravelled days of work by the world's top nations in attempting to resolve a global trade dispute. "Sometimes it seems that the American president thinks that only one side wins and everyone else loses", Merkel said, apparently speaking about Trump's verbal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Mr Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" in a tweet after Mr Trudeau repeated criticisms of U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminium and Mr Trump's trade policies in a news conference following the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before-both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's office announced in a statement, according to Reuters. Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Canadian official told national broadcaster CBC that not only had Trudeau made these remarks prior to the meeting, on USA television last week, he had also informed Trump of his position before he went on air.

Share