Merkel expects difficult G7, will seek out Trump for talks
Jun 09 2018 by Desiree Burns
Merkel will meet new Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte for the first time at this week's Group of Seven summit in Canada.
"That was my takeaway from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, and in the meantime I continue to feel confirmed by my statement", Merkel said in Munich on Wednesday, this time to a meeting of the European People's Party, a grouping of center-right parties in the European Parliament.
Merkel was asked by lawmakers from the nationalist Alternative for Germany, or AfD, and hard-left Left Party whether it wouldn't make sense to talk more with Russian Federation.
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. She said that points to a "serious problem with multilateral agreements".
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"Dialogue is always important", she said during a question and answer session with German lawmakers.
Merkel will now face questions thrice a 12 months, although some opposition lawmakers complain that the format is just too rigid and the occasion seems extremely unlikely to emulate the bear-pit environment of query time in London.
There were few personal attacks during the session, which addressed issues ranging from diesel emissions to the number of women in parliament. 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 replied that the influx that began in 2015 is "an exceptional humanitarian situation, [and that] Germany behaved very responsibly".
Merkel said in Berlin Thursday that, as long as there is no fundamental United Nations reform, "we should, whenever a European member state gets a non-permanent United Nations seat. coordinate these seats Europe-wide and make them practically European seats". But "I'll come back".