EU will act against US tariffs: Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches as President Donald Trump talks with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde during the Gender Equality Advisory Council breakfast during the G-7 summit, June 9, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.

In her first interview since the contentious two-day G7 summit in Canada, Merkel told German broadcaster ARD that Trump's "withdrawal via Twitter is of course sobering and a little depressing". Trump spent the days leading up to the meeting tweeting complaints about the summit's "indignant" host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron, arguing that both leaders refused to budge on their trade positions.

Merkel said that Trump would probably retaliate by implementing new tariffs on German vehicles.

The image, which drew comparisons to a Baroque painting, shows Merkel standing at the center of the frame leaning across a table before a seated Trump, his arms crossed in defiance.

"The situation isn't very nice", Merkel said. In the USA version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.

"We need Russian Federation for disarmament talks" and for discussions about both Ukraine and Syria, Merkel said.

However, despite Trump's decision, Merkel insisted that she would continue working with him and at the same time, prepare the European Union to counter the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada.

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel

Even so, dialogue with the U.S. president must continue and global partnerships aren't over, she said.

Trans-Atlantic and other trade wars would have "a long-term impact on the global economy", he said at a Berlin meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of the IMF, World Bank and other worldwide institutions.

Looking ahead to the next major diplomatic encounter with Trump - a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance leaders in July - "it won't be easy", Merkel said.

She further said that the United States tariffs were "illegal and unjustified" and Canada did not believe in using "ad hominem attacks". Trump focused his conversation with Macron on German trade for about 15 minutes in the one-hour meeting.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose office for the first time in the history of the republic has reportedly ordered an overhaul of Germany's United States policy, went further.

The US and its allies have been locked in a bitter dispute of trade tariffs and perceived trade "inequality" for quite some time.

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