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G20 Hamburg: Angela Merkel urges world leaders to prepare for compromises

G20 Hamburg: Angela Merkel urges world leaders to prepare for compromises
From Global News - July 7, 2017

HAMBURG, GermanyGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers Friday that millions of people are hoping they can help solve the worlds problems, and warned them that they must be prepared to make compromises.

As the leaders discussed terrorism, trade and climate change, protests against their gathering continued in various parts of Hamburg. Anti-globalization activists set dozens of cars ablaze and protesters tried unsuccessfully to block leaders delegations from getting to the downtown convention center where the summit is being held.

Police ordered in several hundred more officers from across the country on Friday.

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Inside the security cordon, Merkels prospects of finding common ground issues such as climate change and multilateral trade looked uncertain at President Donald Trumps first G-20 summit. Trumps America First rhetoric and decision to withdraw from the Paris accord against climate change have caused widespread concern in Europe and beyond.

There are of course millions of people following us with their concerns, their fears and their needs, who hope that we can make a contribution to solving the problems, Merkel told fellow leaders at the start of a working lunch at which they were to discuss global growth and trade.

I am absolutely sure that everyone will make an effort to achieve good results, she added.

We all know the big global challenges, and we know that time is pressing, Merkel said. So solutions can only be found if we are prepared to compromisewithout, and I say this clearly, bending ourselves too much out of shape. We can of course also name differences.

Merkel noted that the countries at the summit represent two-thirds of the world population, four-fifths of the globes gross domestic product and three-quarters of world trade.

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The G-20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Britain, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Also attending the summit are the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Guinea, Senegal, Singapore and Vietnam.

Before the summit, the leaders of China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa met and called for a more open global economy.

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