Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Merkel stands by suggestion Europe can't rely fully on US

Merkel stands by suggestion Europe can't rely fully on US

The city is expecting a wave of protests on Thursday ahead of the summit, which will bring together the world's most powerful leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Berlin can no longer rely on the United States when it comes to the UN, the Middle East, or European security.

"We have to take the configurations as they are", Merkel said.

Thousands have attended a rally in the northern German city of Hamburg to protest at an imminent meeting of leaders of the world's major industrialized and emerging economies, known as G20.

The memorable moment between the Chancellor and President Trump occurred during the pair's first meeting, where the President appeared to have forgotten to shake Merkel's hand.

Merkel re-used a line she said following the G7 summit in May, during which Trump withdrew from the Paris climate change accord despite outspoken reservations from the six other nations.

'We're preparing intensively for every form of protest, ' he said.

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Germany wants everyone to benefit from economic progress, rather than only a few, Merkel said.

German authorities are bracing for trouble in Hamburg as they are anxious that the protests could turn violent.

The BRICS leaders' informal meet will at least ensure the two leaders meet away from the formal G20 summit and give them the opportunity to directly speak to each other. German authorities believe around 8,000 demonstrators were prepared to use violence, the interior minister said on Tuesday. Some 20,000 police will be on duty.

Greenpeace, for example, regards the G-20 as a chance for the leaders to send a strong signal about fighting climate change - despite the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on reducing emissions.

Police said almost 10,000 people gathered outside the city hall in Hamburg while canoeists and Greenpeace activists held similar rallies in the nearby river Alster and in the city's port.

Europe must pool its energy, she said, adding that ideas of an economic government for the euro zone and of a European finance minister, put forward by new French President Emmanuel Macron, were "two important thoughts".

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