German Chancellor Angela Merkel isn’t about to let slide Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Accord.
As the world’s leaders prepare to meet at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany next week, Merkel is peddling a reminder that the Paris Agreement is “irreversible and non-negotiable.”
“Those who believe the problems of this world can be solved through isolationism and protectionism are sorely mistaken,” Merkel said, addressing the German parliament Thursday. “Only together will we manage to find the right answers to the central questions of our time.”
Merkel plans to utilize the full agency of the G20 to put pressure on the U.S., and to solve growing global concerns. Germany and France have come to an agreement to “deepen the EU and the Eurozone.”
“We need the G20 more than ever,” she said. “We can get things accomplished more quickly and efficiently than would ever be possible for individual nations.”
But she knows the negotiations will most likely be ugly.
“We cannot expect easy discussions on climate change at the G20 summit,” she said. “Our differences with the U.S. are clear.”
Merkel and Trump’s relationship has definitely gotten off to a rocky start.
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