Merkel wants to talk to Trump on Iran, trade tariffs at G7

Dialogue with Rome but respect EU rules (3)

Dialogue with Rome but respect EU rules (3)

She said she would try to discuss differences with the US over Iran and trade tariffs with Trump.

Merkel told the German Bundestag (German parliament) on Wednesday that there is a serious problem with multilateral agreements and that is why there will be controversies, particularly on worldwide trade, climate protection and development policies.

"I think we will come toward each other with reforms to the currency union, but these reforms to the currency union are really not the only reforms we need", she said, mentioning foreign, asylum, migration, development and security policies.

According to Merkel, the summit, to be held on 8 and 9 this month in the municipality of Charlevoix, in northeastern Quebec will be an important scenario after Washington's removal from the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the imposition of tariffs on European imports of aluminum and steel.

German chancellors have not previously interacted directly with MPs in the same way British prime ministers do at their weekly question time.

There is "no sense in papering over divisions" on trade issues, she said.

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In her first question time in the German parliament after the ruling coalition brought in the format familiar from Westminster, Mrs Merkel said: "It is apparent that we have a serious problem with multilateral agreements here, and so there will be contentious discussions".

The parliament's question and answer format will see Merkel address lawmakers in one-hour sessions three times a year.

Merkel told lawmakers on Wednesday that Germany will work to ensure that the summit's communique doesn't fall below what was agreed at last year's G-7 and Group of 20 summits.

"There must not be a compromise simply for the sake of a compromise", she said.

Germany has long sought a permanent seat.

Merkel said that after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Russians could not be readmitted to the G7, but she favoured keeping up talks with Moscow despite differences.

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