Germany's Angela Merkel Warns Against Protectionism Ahead of G20 Summit

Published May 9th, 2017 - 04:00 GMT
Speaking at a business forum in Berlin, Germany’s Chancellor said that preparing for the G20 summit was like ‘herding cats’ as officials attempt to reach a consensus among the group. (AFP/ E. Dunand)
Speaking at a business forum in Berlin, Germany’s Chancellor said that preparing for the G20 summit was like ‘herding cats’ as officials attempt to reach a consensus among the group. (AFP/ E. Dunand)

Germany’s Chancellor has warned world powers of the dangers of protectionism, ahead of July’s G20 summit in Hamburg.

Speaking at a business forum in Berlin, Angela Merkel said that preparing for the meeting of the top economies was like ‘herding cats’ as officials attempt to reach a consensus among the group.

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“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,” Merkel said.

Although she didn’t make reference to a particular country, the biggest shift towards protectionism has come with the election of US President Donald Trump.


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