Government statement ahead of G20 in Hamburg - Merkel hopes summit sends signal of determination

29 June 2017
Chancellor Merkel speaking in the Bundestag

Government statement on G20 and the EU

Chancellor Merkel delivered a government statement today ahead of next week's G20 summit in Hamburg. She said that we would find the correct answers to the central questions of our time only if we worked together. She emphasised that this was valid for both the EU and the G20, as the great challenges would not stop at national borders.

EU leaders had strongly affirmed this at last week's EU summit in Brussels, she continued, and expressed her hope for a similar outcome at next week's G20 summit.

EU demonstrated confidence and vigour

Europe was looking to the future with more confidence, Merkel said, and this was largely due to the good cooperation between Germany and France.

The main focus of the EU summit was what role Europe would play in future. Climate, terror and migration did not stop at borders, Merkel pointed out. Those who thought they could solve the world's problems with isolationism and protectionism, were wrong.

Europe had proven that it could find compelling solutions together, Merkel said. The economic situation in Europe was in better shape again, and all 28 member states could expect positive growth this year. Unemployment in the EU had not been this low in eight years. Additionally 10 million new jobs had been created since 2013 all over Europe. All these were achievements that only a few years ago barely anyone would have put past Europe, Merkel emphasised.

G20 more important than ever

Chancellor Merkel's aim for the G20 summit was to send a signal of determination. G20 leaders should demonstrate that they have understood and were ready to take on the great responsibility for the globe.

The world was unsettled and in discord, Merkel said. That is why the Group of Twenty would discuss terrorism, climate change and protectionism. We needed the G20 more than ever, Merkel emphasised.

Climate protection is not up for negotiation

Since the decision of the US to quit the Paris Agreement, the determination to make a success of it had been stronger than ever, Merkel said. Germany too had to do its bit. This existential challenge had to be tackled, and it was not possible to wait until everyone was convinced by the scientific findings related to climate change, the Chancellor underlined.

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