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Germany's Merkel calls for European Union coordination at UN's top table

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Kenny Thornton | 10 June, 2018, 14:29

Germany will talk to the new Italian government but will stress that everyone has to respect European Union rules, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.

Merkel responded that the Group of Seven leading powers, as it now is, is defined by having members who respect worldwide law, and Russia's annexation of Crimea was a "flagrant breach" of that.

Mrs Merkel will now face questions three times a year, though some opposition MPs complained that the format is too inflexible.

She also said she did not see any prospect of a strategic change in the G7's stance towards China, but that it was important to stress the need for reciprocity in opening markets.

Merkel said in Berlin Thursday that, as long as there is no fundamental United Nations reform, "we should, whenever a European member state gets a non-permanent United Nations seat. coordinate these seats Europe-wide and make them practically European seats".

Merkel said she will try to discuss problems such as Iran and tariffs with President Donald Trump.

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She also noted that Germany has sought to keep in frequent contact with Russian Federation, but said "a format that is explicitly based on respecting global law is not viable for Russian Federation at present".

While it lacked the raucous free-for-all quality of the familiar British version of the tradition, Wednesday's session marked the first time the German chancellor has faced members of parliament for a direct interrogation.

Merkel, declined to make any comment on remarks by America's new and controversial ambassador to Germany Richard Grenel, who publicly criticized last week her policies, and vowed to support anti-establishment populist movements across Europe.

At Wednesday's one-hour session, questions and answers were kept to a maximum of a minute each, in a calm but concentrated atmosphere far removed from that often experienced in Westminster.

AfD, however, sought to assail Merkel over the influx of more than a million migrants to Germany in 2015 and 2016.

"When will you resign?" he asked. But "I'll come back".

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