Merkel: EU must talk to US despite differences

Merkel: EU must talk to US despite differences

Maintaining healthy ties with US President Donald Trump is essential despite clear differences of opinion, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the joint  press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

She said that last week’s G-20 summit in Hamburg showed common ground, for instance on fighting terrorism, but “we also had to name clear differences, for instance regrettably the difference on whether we need the Paris climate accord or not.”

"We did not paper over these differences, but nevertheless contact, the ability to speak is of course important," the Washington Post cited Merkel as saying.

Merkel noted that “we all agree that we need close cooperation on security questions with the United States of America, despite all differences of opinion.”

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