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Wednesday , 17 July 2019
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G20 closes with string criticism on US policies towards climate change and trade.

The G20 summit that was held in Hamburg, Germany was closed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The summit ended with a strong criticism to the US policy towards Climate change and trade policies. Merkel said there had been no compromise on climate change and called the US position “regrettable”.

She made clear that it had been very difficult to get a consensus and in the end, breaking from tradition, a separate paragraph was included to cover the position of the US, who are withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement and wanted fossil fuels to be mentioned.

In her remarks, Merkel appeared to come down hard on Trump’s protectionist trade policies, saying she was glad that leaders agreed that “markets need to be kept open.”

The US had threatened to impose new tariffs on steel imports into the country, a comment that prompted European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to threaten the same in return, giving early warning signs of a trade war.

The communiqe from the group of 19 countries and the European Union noted the US’ withdrawal from the accord but said the country affirmed its “strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs.”

UK Prime minister May, said she was “dismayed” at the US decision to leave the pact. She urged Trump to rejoin it.

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