Merkel warns of tough G7 talks despite ‘goodwill’

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Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she was hoping to discuss Iran's nuclear program with U.S. President Donald Trump at an upcoming G7 summit in Canada on June 8-9.

Merkel responded that the G-7 is defined by its members' respect of worldwide law and Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 was a "flagrant breach" of that.

She noted that, in the meantime, the USA has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement, as well as imposing tariffs on allies' steel and aluminum imports.

Chancellor Angela Merkel will face questions in parliament from lawmakers on Wednesday, the first outing for a new format agreed by the governing coalition that took office in March.

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German chancellors have not previously interacted directly with MPs in the same way British prime ministers do at their weekly question time.

In a weekend newspaper interview, Merkel offered her most detailed response to French President Emmanuel Macron's ideas for reforming Europe, seeking to avert a damaging rift with Paris at a time of anxiety over Italy and growing transatlantic tensions.

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

Merkel told the German Bundestag (German parliament) on Wednesday that there is a serious problem with multilateral agreements and that is why there will be controversies, particularly on global trade, climate protection and development policies.

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"I think we will come toward each other with reforms to the currency union, but these reforms to the currency union are really not the only reforms we need", she said, mentioning foreign, asylum, migration, development and security policies. Merkel, fielding another question from the far-right, anti-immigrant AfD, was accused of "importing Islamists", many of whom are "rapists and murderers" who have caused "endless human suffering".

Merkel calmly replied that "in an exceptional humanitarian situation, Germany behaved very responsibly".

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

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