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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

I use it sometimes ... then I enter Donald Trump on Twitter and I have it all.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

I am so moved and enthused that so many states and enterprises in the United States of America want to travel this path with us. We will travel it together.feedback

We will gather all our strength – in Germany, in Europe and in the world – to meet the great challenges of humanity, like climate change, and to successfully master these challenges. For all for whom the future of this planet is important, I say: Let us continue along this path together, so that we are successful for our Mother Earth. The path, there is no doubt about it, is rocky. I have known that ever since I started in politics. But I am also convinced, if I look back at these more than 20 years, that the path is irreversible.feedback

That's of huge importance and in no way directed against any other relationships and certainly not against the trans-Atlantic ties, which have historically been very important for us and will remain so in future. For that reason, it's important to us that we make progress on the German-Indian, or rather EU-Indian free trade agreement.feedback

The times in which [Germany] could fully rely on others are partly over. I have experienced this in the last few days.feedback

The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days. This seems to be the end of an era, one in which the United States led and Europe followed.feedback

Here is a situation where it's six, seven if you include the EU, against one. That means there are so far no signs whether the United States of America will remain in the Paris agreement or not.feedback

We also know that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands. It became clear at the G7, when there was no agreement with the USA, how long and rocky this path would be. I think it was good not to gloss over the differences. Anyone who today puts on national blinkers and no longer has eyes for the world around him is, I am convinced, ultimately out on a limb.feedback

We are responsible for each other. I am trying to convince doubters. There is still work to do.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

I don't rule out that the negotiations over a trade deal with the U.S. will be revived one day.feedback

This naturally doesn't rule out that we have different opinions on some points, including on important questions.feedback

Not a single NATO member state pays its entire defense budget into NATO. If you look at our military commitment today, then you see that a quarter-century later Germany plays a completely different role. But it is a process, and it is a process that the United States of America wanted ... and we cannot simply cast off this process from one day to the next.feedback

"It's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another, and I think our conversation proved this."feedback

"That is the spirit I think in which we ought to be guided in negotiating any agreement between the United States of America and the EU,"feedback

The "success of Germans has always been one where the German success is one side of the coin and the other side of the coin has been European unity and European integration. That's something of which I'm deeply convinced. We need to be fair with each other.feedback

It is only fair that both sides profit from the treaties they made. So in this spirit I would be happy if we could resume discussions between the European Union and the United States of America. We signed a trade agreement with Canada and I hope that we might get into a situation here where we can reopen the talks. But this is something we will discuss.feedback

Do you want a handshake? We have benefited. That is the spirit which should be guiding these agreements. It is much better to talk to one another, not about one another. We talked about the international situation, we discussed the shared interests that we have. We are trying to address the areas where we disagree….and find a compromise. We need to be fair with each other.feedback

If I was able to, I would turn back time by many, many years, so that I could have prepared the whole government and the authorities for the situation which hit us out of the blue in the late summer of 2015.feedback

I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership, based on common values, is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit in the coming week.feedback

Well, people are different. Sometimes, it's difficult to find compromises, but that's what we've been elected for. If everything just went like that without a problem, well, you don't need politicians to do these jobs. I am very glad to note that apparently the perspective on that has changed a little bit at least in Germany, too.feedback

I stand by a free and independent press and have great respect for journalists.feedback

The United States of America is a key trading partner for Germany and for the entire European Union. Trade is advantageous for both sides and I'm looking forward to the chance to speak to the newly elected American president about these issues. I believe that direct, one-on-one conversations are always much better than talking about each other. Talking together instead about each other - that'll be my slogan for this visit, which I'm really looking forward to.feedback

Talking directly is always much better than talking about each other. That will be my motto on this visit, which I am looking forward to. I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership based on common values is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit. Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has decided to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighborhood and beyond.feedback

Talking with each other instead of talking about each other will be my motto for the visit, which I am very much looking forward to.feedback

I believe that direct conversation is always much better than talking about each other.feedback

I am deeply convinced that the trans-Atlantic partnership based on common values is in all of our interests, not only for us Europeans. I'll hold my talks with President Donald Trump in this spirit. Precisely because the nature of the trans-Atlantic relationship has changed, Europe has decided to take more responsibility in the future, both in our own neighborhood and beyond.feedback

I have made it clear once again that the fight against terrorism does not justify a general advance against certain countries and people with a certain belief.feedback

Even if in parts of the world we see protectionist and nationalist approaches on the rise, Europe may never isolate, seal itself off or withdraw.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

We will try to find common ground wherever possible. We will see issue by issue where we can cooperate and where we have different opinions, but it's in Germany's interest to strengthen the common ground there is.feedback

I believe that the more we are clear on how we define our role in the world, the better we can manage our transatlantic relations, . That is why talking about Europe is on top of the agenda for me and not talking about other parts of the world.feedback

Germany is a country that has always called for the European Central Bank to pursue an independent policy, just as the Bundesbank did that before the Euro existed. Because of that we will not influence the behaviour of the ECB. And as a result, I cannot and do not want to change the situation as it is.feedback

We've got to fight this battle, if for no other reason than principle.feedback

I believe we Europeans have our fate in our own hands. I'm personally going to wait until the American president takes office, and then we will naturally work with him on all levels and see what kind of agreements we can reach.feedback

I am personally waiting for the inauguration of the US president. Then, of course, we will work with him on all levels.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

There are also international risks. We see protectionist tendencies.feedback

As far as the Greek decisions are concerned, there is a critical discussion. The ESM made this clear. I'm sure I will speak with the Greek prime minister about this tomorrow, although I don't intend to get involved in the negotiations on the Greek package.feedback

So, one has to try to find compromises with mutual respect, but also with a clear opinion. That's politics - always looking to find a common way forward.feedback

Climate negotiations with American presidents ... were not easy in the past.feedback

Of course, I will then say that I believe that climate change is absolutely caused by people. We want to see how the positions develop.feedback

We cannot tackle all the world's hunger, nor can we solve the problems of 65 million refugees, nor can we change the political order everywhere the way we would like it.feedback

This statement moved me, because it comes back to what we are made of. A little more than quarter of a century after the fall of the (Berlin) Wall and German reunification ... people are realising that what we have taken as given is no longer a given.feedback

Alliances are part of our destiny as a nation, part of our future as a nation, and this is what guides me in my policy and my government as a whole.feedback

We all know that democracy lives off change. It's a tough rule: Eight years and that's it.feedback

The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, of IS, is not a phenomenon that came to us with the refugees.feedback

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