EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminium: Merkel

EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminium: Merkel

EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminium: Merkel

"It's hard, it's depressing this time, but that's not the end" of the Group of Seven, she said in a rare one-on-one interview with ARD public television.

Just like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, Merkel said.

"There remain good reasons to fight for the transatlantic partnership", she said, adding that the current round of trade tariffs that the USA and European Union have imposed on each other did not signal the end of a partnership. "The differences in opinion have not been taken off the table".

The back-on-track summit followed a whirlwind of diplomacy after Trump called off the meeting in late May.

He left before any resolution was announced on the traditional joint statement from the seven industrialized nations in the group, which in addition to the US and Canada includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of undermining Trump right before his meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump threatened that the United States will stop trading with countries that maintain tariffs on his country's exports, particularly in the agricultural sector, and that he has launched the idea of eliminating all trade duties, because "ultimately that's what you want.

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.

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President Donald Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray Saturday, tweeting that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is "dishonest & weak" and that the USA was pulling back its endorsement of the group's communique in part because of what he called Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

She said that even though such spending was unpopular with Germans, it was necessary, suggesting she would make a harder push to accelerate spending in the coming years.

President Donald Trump will head to La Charlevoix, Quebec, on Friday, for a two-day Group of Seven (G-7) summit meeting, as tensions between the administration and its key allies worsen.

Turning to Russia, Merkel said she could imagine Moscow re-joining the G7 format at some point, but there first had to be progress in the implementation of the peace plan for Ukraine.

However the leaders did say they would continue "to engage with Russian Federation on addressing regional crises and global challenges, where it is in our interests".

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump said.

Trudeau has his closing press conference this afternoon.

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