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Merkel Takes On Trump and Brexit in Combative G-20 Preview

  • Chancellor champions Europe, calls climate accord irreversible
  • Macron says it’s ‘pointless’ to try to isolate Trump at G-20
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel championed Europe, dismissed Brexit and said efforts to fight climate change are irreversible in a combative speech ahead of the Group of 20 summit that’s shaping up to be a confrontation over the direction of global policy.

Merkel, in a speech to lawmakers in Germany’s lower house of parliament on Thursday, noted that “the world has become less united” and acknowledged that discussions at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg on July 7-8 “will be very difficult.”