Germany's Merkel sees tough G7 talks, warns on trade issues

Germany's Merkel sees tough G7 talks, warns on trade issues

Merkel added: "in this spirit, afterwards, I will report what has been achieved".

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.

While it lacked the raucous free-for-all quality of the familiar British version of the tradition, Wednesday's session marked the first time the German chancellor has faced members of parliament for a direct interrogation.

However, she added that "we must not keep watering down" previous summit conclusions committing the G7 countries to fair multilateral trade and rejecting protectionism.

The first question came from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is now Germany's main opposition.

"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. "We should take a common stance, all those who are concerned with tariffs", she said.

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

The G7 Summit is a forum which seeks to play a key role in shaping collective responses to global challenges, and is integrated by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Lawmaker Gottfried Curio accused the chancellor of being responsible for "the import of Islamists" and "endless human suffering at the hands of rapists and murderers".

Merkel said that after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Russians could not be readmitted to the G7, but she favoured keeping up talks with Moscow despite differences.

"When will you resign?" he asked.

Merkel replied that the influx that began in 2015 is "an exceptional humanitarian situation, [and that] Germany behaved very responsibly".

"It's over", a smiling Merkel said as speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble ended the session.

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