Merkel on Global issue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron would make a “strong president” for France, throwing her weight behind the centrist favorite to win a run-off on May 7 against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Asked in an interview if Germany would accept future French demands that it increase its contributions to the European Union, Merkel said: “We will see. I can’t anticipate the discussions with the future French president.”

Germany rejected on Friday demands to halt Turkey’s bid to join the EU, even as some EU states said Ankara’s membership dream was dead after Turks voted to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who will discuss the issue on Friday with his EU counterparts and with Turkey’s top diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu, said such a step would be counterproductive. “The German government is strictly against canceling the [accession] talks, that would be totally the wrong reaction,” he said in Malta. “Those who would like to win applause at home because they say ‘We do not talk to Turkey any more’ will not change anything in Turkey,” he said

German government has said there are no plans to invite Russia to return to the club of leading industrialized nations. A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said “a change to the G7 format isn’t up for debate at the moment.” Steffen Seibert spoke to reporters Friday ahead of Merkel’s upcoming trip to Russia, AP reported. The chancellor meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Tuesday to discuss the situations in Ukraine, Syria and Libya. Germany hosts a summit of the broader G20 club of leading and emerging economies, of which Russia is a member, in July. Russia said earlier it is not seeking a return to the G8. Media agencies

Published by Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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