Angela Merkel on G20

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While we are looking at the possibilities of cooperation to benefit everyone, globalization is seen by the American administration more as a process that is not about a win-win situation but about winners and losers. The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?feedback

We want a fast agreement on investments that one day could lead to a free trade agreement with China.feedback

Since the decision of the U.S. to quit the Paris climate agreement, we are more determined than ever to make it successful. We must tackle this existential challenge, and we cannot wait until every last person on earth has been convinced of the scientific proof.feedback

As G20 president, it is my job to work on possibilities for agreement and not to contribute to a situation where a lack of communication prevails.feedback

I don't think we'll have unified positions on all issues at the end but it's sensible and honest to talk to each other on all issues of international diplomacy. We know certain positions that the American government holds and I don't expect that these positions will be abandoned as a result of a two-day trip to Hamburg.feedback

If we simply try to carry on as we have in the past, the worldwide developments will definitely not be sustainable and inclusive. We need the climate protection agreement, open markets and improved trade agreements in which consumer protection, social and environmental standards are upheld.feedback

It's not only going to be about (economic) growth but rather sustainable growth. We've got to have a 'win-win' situation for everyone. The issues obviously revolve around: how do we achieve inclusive or sustainable growth? What are we doing with our resources? What are the rules for distribution of wealth? How many people are taking part? And how many countries are able to profit from that. We need the climate protection agreement, open markets and improved trade agreements in which consumer protection, social and environmental standards are upheld.feedback

These will not be easy talks. The differences are obvious and it would be wrong to pretend they aren't there. I simply won't do this.feedback

Because of the US decision to pull out of the Paris accord, there are of course areas where opinions differ, but the United States is an important part of the G20 so we will do anything to work together, without covering up the differences.feedback

Anyone who believes the problems of this world can be solved with isolationism and protectionism is making a huge mistake.feedback

We cannot expect easy discussions on climate change at the G20 summit. Our differences with the U.S. are clear. The Paris agreement is irreversible and it is not negotiable.feedback

It would be disingenuous if we tried to gloss over it. At any rate, I will not do that. We know that there will be protests, and that is more than legitimate in a democracy.feedback

Since the decision by the United States of America to quit the Paris climate accords, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.feedback

Whoever believes the problems of this world can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error. We will and must take on this existential challenge, and we cannot and will not wait until every last person in the world can be convinced of climate change by scientific evidence. In other words: The climate treaty is irreversible and is not negotiable.feedback

The differences are obvious and it would be dishonest to try to cover that up. That I won't do. The European Union unconditionally stands by its agreement in Paris and will implement it speedily and with determination. Those who think that the problems of this world can be solved with isolationism or protectionism are terribly wrong.feedback

There's not just trade - it must be based on rules and needs to be fair.feedback

I don't think that changes anything about the arguments in favour of this accord ... so we need to continue with this but I think we have set out an ambitious path and implementing that is now the most important task.feedback

Open markets and free, fair sustainable and inclusive trade is a key focus of our G20 presidency. We'll do all we can to get as broad an agreement on this as possible in Hamburg. Given the new American administration that's not easy but nonetheless we need to make the effort.feedback

There will be issues where not everyone gets what we want. Germany is looking for allies on issues that are important to us. Because if I talk with someone, I can no longer simply say he is stupid.feedback

We do not want isolation. We want open trade and to fight against protectionism. This will be a tough issue within the G20 negotiations, but when working on a political document, it would of course be a great support for us if the economies in all G20 countries supported it.feedback

We are 20 different countries, with 20 different political systems, with 20 different development levels. Everything must be unanimously approved. Anyone who tries to withdraw from international competition, can perhaps deliver short-term advantages. But over the medium- and long-term, their own capacity to innovate will be weakened.feedback

The existence of the G20 means that isolation and protectionism are dead-ends and not ways forward.feedback

We have to see what the U.S. administration does and then we have to decide whether to react or not to react. I have often said that I support multilateralism and mutual trade agreements. I believe the world mastered the financial and banking crisis because we reacted together in the G20. It's in the German interest to ideally strengthen the similarities that both sides share from our side, from the cooperation of intelligence agencies to issues of defence.feedback

As heads of state and government [of the G20], we said: 'We must resolve the problem facing us together'. And the response to overcome that financial crisis was not a response based on closing oneself off, but a response which called for cooperation, for common rules, for regulation of financial markets.feedback

We must solve this problem together, so that we don't have a situation where one country wreaks damage on other countries.feedback

Above all, we owe that to the victims and their loved ones. But it is also necessary for our own security and something that we owe to the many innocent refugees who are fleeing war and terrorism.feedback

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