European Union girds for stormy G20 climate battle with Trump

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"The EU continues to adhere to the Paris climate agreement, intends to implement it quickly and decisively", Merkel told German lawmakers.

She said the Paris agreement was irreversible and not negotiable after US President Donald Trump signalled that his country could return to it later, something that other countries have rejected.

Germany and France have come with a "medium-term plan for deepening the European Union and the euro zone", Merkel said, as she reiterated her call for closer cooperation.

Donald Trump's commerce secretary appeared by teleconference at a meeting in Germany and had his video-feed cut - a move reportedly greeted by laughter and applause from other world leaders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) attends a press conference on Thursday at the Chancellery in Berlin following a meeting with European G20 heads of State in order to prepare the upcoming G20 summit.

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Merkel is hosting the G20 summit on July 7-8, which will bring together leaders including Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The President is likely to again be confronted on his protectionist trade views and his plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accords.

Mr Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal on 1 June, saying the Paris agreement was a deal that aimed to hobble, disadvantage and impoverish the US. The chancellor wasn't hesitant to demonstrate the scope of Europe's differences with the current US administration over the Paris accord's goals for curbing carbon emissions and global warming. And in a line that was clearly directed at the likes of Trump and Theresa May, Merkel said that it will be up to France and Germany to unite Europe, "regardless of Brexit".

"It's pointless to isolate one country", Macron said.

"As regards climate and relations with the United States of America, there is not much I would have to add. Angela has rightly made a point that it is not leading us anywhere if we are to isolate a country", he said. "And that is why we need to remove as many barriers to free trade as possible", he said.

It's a rare point of agreement on trade policy between Trump and Merkel, who will be key players when G-20 leaders seek to agree on shared goals.

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