Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

France, Germany making progress on euro zone roadmap: French minister

France, Germany making progress on euro zone roadmap: French minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the decision by President Donald Trump and the U.S. delegation to abstain from the G7 summit's statement "sobering and somewhat depressing".

"I'm certainly in favour of that", Merkel said in a German television interview.

"The withdrawal by tweet is, of course, sobering and a bit depressing", she said.

US trading partners are furious over Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

The EU has vowed to retaliate against US metal tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump, and tensions worsened at a Group of Seven summit in Canada after Trump rejected an attempt to write a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

Describing her impression from Trump's behavior at the summit as "disillusionment", Merkel said that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again" and that Europe will not permit the American president to do "whatever he pleases".

But it won't solve the differences, particularly on trade, with the European Union moving toward retaliatory tariffs from July on key USA goods.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Donald Trump Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron gather for the family

The German chancellor's office posted the striking picture to Instagram on Saturday with the caption: "Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions".

However, Merkel avoided giving a definitive answer to the question of whether Germany will stop seeing the U.S. as an "important partner".

Germany's Angela Merkel on Sunday chided US President Donald Trump's decision to retract his endorsement of the G7 communique via Twitter.

"Hopefully the European Union will again act as collectively as it has this time", the chancellor said. This year's summit had a particular focus on trade.

Asked about Trump's threat to target U.S. tariffs against cars - a vital industry for Germany which supports over 800,000 jobs - "we will have to think again about what we'll do", Merkel said.

The chancellor also addressed concerns that Trump would hit back by implementing tariffs on German vehicles, saying, "First of all, we'll try and see if we can prevent this".

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. Russian Federation was thrown out of what was then the G8 after it invaded and annexed Crimea - a strategic Black Sea peninsula - from Kyiv in 2014 and later fomented an ongoing war in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region that has killed almost 11,000 people.

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