In Victory For Merkel, G20 Reach Compromise On Trade But Trump Holds Out On Climate

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World leaders meeting at the G-20 summit in Germany have agreed on almost every aspect of the joint communique, where in a victory for Merkel they vowed to fight protectionism and secure fair trade seeking to defuse President Donald Trump’s threats of unilateral measures the WSJ reported; they have so far failed, however, on a compromise position in the section on climate where the United States is pushing for a reference to fossil fuels, European Union officials said according to Reuters.

In the end it was "all against Trump": as the WSJ puts it, "securing Mr. Trump’s support for the G-20 communiqué, to be released later Saturday, as the president threatens to undermine the international order with his “America First” policies, is emerging as a rallying cry as the two-day gathering in Germany draws to a close."

For the head of the global diplomatic "resistance" against Trump and the so-called new "leader of the free world" Angela Merkel, the summit was an opportunity to show off her diplomatic skills ahead of a federal election in September, when she is seeking a fourth term in office. She treated the leaders to a concert at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie on Friday night, where they listened to Beethoven while their aides began their all night slog to work out a consensus on trade that had eluded the leaders.

The communique comes after weeks of fears that Merkel, this year’s G20 president, might fail to achieve an agreement in the face of the disputes generated by Donald Trump by his criticisms of free trade and international cooperation and, especially, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate change accord, which the other 19 G-20 states support.

The consensus statement was drafted after "marathon meetings" resulted in compromises on deploying defensive measures for balanced trade and a recognition of the U.S.’s split from the other G-20 members on climate change. The officials said aides had worked until 2 a.m. to finalize the G-20 communique, overcoming differences on trade after U.S. officials agreed to language on fighting protectionism.

The G-20 agreement also follows days of continuous effort trying to reconcile disputes between the US and other nations while also taking account of the German Chancellor’s pledge to make clear important differences. According to the FT, the result will allow Merkel to claim a success even though the meeting has been overshadowed by violent anti-G20 demonstrations in Hamburg, and where the spotlight was on the first meeting between Trump and Putin.

Another official from a European delegation said the talks had shown that a new international consensus on economic issues could be slowly rebuilt despite the challenges thrown by Mr. Trump’s election.

“All things considered, my impression is that we’re getting back in small steps in many areas to a greater degree of business as usual,” the official said. The U.S. wasn’t alone in having different views on trade, the official added, pointing at the consensus on securing a level playing field as a common stance forged at the summit.

According to the FT, Berlin is also highlighting the opportunities given for bilateral meetings among world leaders, including the first face-to-face encounter between Mr Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, which the two men described as “constructive”.

In addition to agreements over trade and migration, the communique includes commitments to address global overcapacity in steel, which could help defuse growing tension in the sector: the US has been considering sanctions against rival producers and the EU is preparing to retaliate, raising risks of a trade war.

With the final statement almost nailed down, the summit marked a diplomatic success for Merkel as she finessed differences with U.S. President Donald Trump, who arrived at the two-day summit isolated on a host of issues, and who was far more focused on his meeting with Putin. Even so he made a point of congratulating Merkel for her hosting: "You have been amazing and you have done a fantastic job. Thank you very much chancellor," Trump said. 

Meanwhile, Trump on Friday said he found chemistry in his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two presidents discussed alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election but agreed to focus on future ties rather than dwell on the past, a result that was sharply criticized by leading Democrats in Congress.

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Trump's bromance with Putin aside, on Saturday, the G-20 was delighted that Trump did not destroy any chance for a compromise.

"We have a G20 communique, not a G19 communique," an EU official said quoted by Reuters. "The outcome is good. We have a communique. There is one issue left, which is on climate, but I am hopeful we can find a compromise," he added, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We have all the fundamentals."

Well almost: climate change policy proved a sticking point, with the United States pressing for inclusion of wording about which other countries had reservations. That passage read: "... the United States of America will endeavor to work closely with other partners to help their access to and use of fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently ..."

The climate section took note of Trump's decision last month to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord aimed at combating climate change, and reaffirmed the commitment of the other 19 members to the agreement.

According to Bloomberg, all G-20 members except for the U.S. said Paris accord on climate change is “irreversible,” as per the expected final statement,

“The United States of America announced it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs”


“The United States of America states it will endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their nationally-determined contributions.”


“The Leaders of the other G-20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible”

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As the leaders met on Saturday, police helicopters hovered overhead. Overnight, police clashed with anti-capitalist protesters seeking to disrupt the summit. In the early morning on Saturday, heavily armed police commandos moved in after activists had spent much of Friday attempting to wrest control of the streets from more than 15,000 police, setting fires, looting and building barricades. Police said 200 officers had been injured, 134 protesters temporarily detained and another 100 taken into custody.

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bigdumbnugly's picture

nothing is "irreversible."


such hubris these twats.

Occident Mortal's picture

... He said, moments before he died.

Edit: In this specific case, I do agree though. Twats.

Richard Chesler's picture

In a fashionable libturd way, we're all winners!

Occident Mortal's picture

The reality of the worlds energy needs is that renewables can only reach about 20-25% market share before prices explode and millions are forced in poverty.

Batteries will get better and cheaper until they bump into that pesky phenomenon that is commodity scarcity after which, reality bites.

A. Boaty's picture

Looks like your reality doesn't include a huge oil glut because of lack of demand. Renewables grow faster than the competition, and the price keeps falling.

shovelhead's picture

...he said, as he boarded his solar powered jet airplane.

A. Boaty's picture

I take your point with respect to kerosene, but renewables just passed nukes for electricity generation in the U.S.

new game's picture

until the clouds blocked his airplane and he crashed. oh well, back to the drawing board...

vitamin e is all i expect...

Not Too Important's picture

The car manufacturers have already hit the wall on adequate supplies of batteries for their cars. With the scarcity of batteries, prices are already exploding, increasing hybrid/electric car prices in the middle of a global economic slowdown. On top of which, those cars need new batteries on a regular basis. Imagine spending $40,000 on an electric car, and a few years in you can't get a battery for it, so you drive it until it doesn't move. They are all going to 'brick' themselves. Look it up.

Volvo is going combustion engine-free in two years? Good luck with that. Good luck with Sweden, period...

Tesla is never going anywhere, so why is their market cap so high? Dead man walking.

Millions are moving into poverty right now, regardless of renewable energy. And they are going to stay there. Think about it. Third world countries are already 'mostly in poverty'. So, who are the 'millions' moving into poverty? First world countries. OK, the refugees aren't going to move out of poverty, so who's left? A shrinking group of existing natives, who provide the bulk of their country's tax base.

So, the math says...

new game's picture

try eating health and pedaling.

Got The Wrong No's picture

So Angela Merkel is the so-called new "leader of the free world" .....Interesting

WestVillageIdiot's picture

The U.S. is only considered "cooperative" when we are getting bent over a tree stump, and giving away everything to everybody. The middle class in the U.S. is especially prone to being bent over that stump by the globalists. So, Herr Merkel is now the "Leader of the not-so-free world", apparently. What a wretched conglomeration Europe has become. The Left has completely lost its hate-filled polluted mind. The place where global warming has taken the firmest hold is between the ears of these leftist priests (Merkel) and priestesses (Macron) of destruction.

artichoke's picture

That's western Europe.  Trump went first to eastern Europe, Poland.  He knows.

artichoke's picture

That's western Europe.  Trump went first to eastern Europe, Poland.  He knows.

CheapBastard's picture

Merkel definitely has things under control, as she imports 50,000 troops to protect them at the G-20.

If needing 50,000 tropps to protect you is a "success" then what is a failure?

bigkahuna's picture

These fools believe they are free - she can have it, let her lead the so-called free world into war and outright slavery.

We have our own problems to fix right here in the USSA.

If I have hades breaking loose in my back yrd - I am not paying attention to - nor "helping" with my neighbor's yard. My problems must be resolved first. Then I MIGHT help my neighbor IF my neighbor ASKS me.

Again, we have our own problems!! Lets clean up our own yard first!!

shovelhead's picture

Fuckin gophers.

I hate fuckin gophers.

Not Too Important's picture

You cannot fill someone's glass from an empty pitcher, no matter how much you care.

artichoke's picture

Must be only in the lefty journalist's mind.  Those other 19 leaders know that if they follow Merkel, she'll lead them straight off a cliff.

07564111's picture

These 'agreements' will be forgotten by all of them in a week. Nothing changes, it's the same BS from year to year.

thatthingcanfly's picture

Why, sure things are "irreversible!"

In the 1970s, Global Cooling was irreversible!

In the 1980s, the hole in the Ozone Layer was irreversible and it was going to cause us all to have to wear SPF 1,000,000 sunscreen every day.

In the 1990s, Manbearpig, er, Global Warming, was irreversible.

In the 2000s, Manbearpig was still out to "get you." They even said so in that Hollywood movie that one time.

In the 2010s, now it's Anthropogenic Climate Change, which has more syllables. And it's irreversible!

Berspankme's picture

You forgot that nearly all scientists agree part designed to make you feel a fucktard if you dont agree with dear leader

Lumberjack's picture

Only a few political scientists who were in that very small room at the time.

Fishthatlived's picture

"Nearly all scientists?" Prove it.

BakedBeans's picture

Here is supporting evidence, seven studies based on peer-reviewed literature  interestingly, the consensus is highest among those who know the most about climate change.

My observation - everyone can form a perfectly valid opinion about who is the prettiest girl in the room, or whether their pet is a "good doggie". However, in the realm of science, unless your opinion is based on knowledge and evidence, it is pretty much ... worthless. Sorry.

BakedBeans's picture

Made my day, thanks! Now that is SURELY a good doggie!

thatthingcanfly's picture

This is the weakest argument that the global warmists use to try to defend their various humankind-is-destroying-the-Earth positions.

Argumentum ad populum. It's unbelievable that otherwise sensible people could think that, because 100, or 1000, or 30000 "scientists" signed their names to something, that makes it MORE true.

The fact that these quacks even use the word "consensus" demonstrates their lack of knowledge of scientific methodology. In the real world, "science" doesn't care how many people agree or disagree with a given hypothesis. It either tests true, or you default to the null.

All this talk about "consensus" is, to borrow your phrase: pretty much... worthless.

MachoMan's picture

I would consider it also (and arguably moreso) the fallacy of argument from authority.

Fishthatlived's picture

But that's the point. There IS NO EVIDENCE. It's all based on models. The satellite data has NEVER supported the manipulated ground-based data. And until someone posts a list of all "scientists" and shows the supposed "consensus" it's nothing but an oft reported fallacy.

Zorba's idea's picture

your "baked beans" should star in the sequel to Blazing Saddles...despite the adverse environmental effect

DarthVaderMentor's picture

You mean among those whose careers and reputations are is totally based on faux climate science and their paychecks rise with globalist elite government.

Follow the trail of research grants and science prizes. It's just like following the trail of money and egos.

artichoke's picture

Almost every real scientist (tenured in a hard science field at a good university) I've heard says AGW is bunk.  Every single theoretical physicist. 

Not Too Important's picture

Regardless of the country you are in, look at projected cancer rates. They are all going vertical. In a few years, regardless of where anyone is, their chances of having a lethal cancer are 100%.

The radiation from Fukushima is killing off all the phytoplankton in the Pacific Ocean, and spreading. Phytoplankton is responsible for over 60% of the Earth's oxygen. Not to mention all that radiation - which is increasing - is now in the global rain cycles everywhere. More NPP's will fail, especially those older shitty designs that are 30-40 years past their expiration date, and all those NPP's with the defective parts from Le Creuset that aren't getting fixed.

Now, add in the global failing bee populations from all the Round-Up, which is in everything we eat and drink, killing the bacteria in our stomachs that provide us with the nutrition we need to survive. 

All while we are in a grinding global economic slowdown crushing any semblance of adequate healthcare.

Worrying about anything more than 100 years in the future is entirely pointless. None of this is reversible. The globalists are fighting over who gets to turn out the lights.

Make peace with the ones you love, and give some thought to making some kind of peace with That Which Is Greater Than Us. 

'Think no evil'

gadzooks's picture

They worked so tirelessly all night to shove there unwanted Agenda down everybodies throat.

so wheres the SO CALLED AGREEMENT ? oh great Global dictator....

DarthVaderMentor's picture

They will start bailing out of the accord since the American tit to suck on for money is no longer there.

RealityCheque's picture

"We vow to do things!"

Then we go home and do whatever we feel like.

Troy Ounce's picture


We need overall civil wars

Bricker's picture

Merkel is one of those people who thinks she is perfect and popular, but nobody wants to tell her the truth.

Berspankme's picture

They just beg for emporer merkel not to remove her clothes

artichoke's picture

The Saudi "State Minister" told her the truth.  Did you see her bow to him a couple days ago?  Obama did a better deeper bow to the Saudi king though.

carlnpa's picture

Why is "balance" in trade such a difficult idea?



geno-econ's picture

Why is a " Balanced Economy " such an old but now difficult idea ?

shovelhead's picture

Because spending more than you make is fun.

Dilluminati's picture

These people claim victory as their very own streets burn, with more victories such as these surely the end is near.

sister tika's picture

The Paris Accord is the least of Europa's problems I can assure you. Poor Angela: can't get a date for the prom.

sister tika's picture

First Lady Melania Trump is a class act and a political asset to America. And, she's physiologically a female with her own child, not an ignorant, dick-toting siamang with an attitude and phony daughters.

Arrest Hillary's picture

What a fake news spin .... the real story is Trump Triumphant .... the opera ?

Bricker's picture

Trump and Putin overshadows the MSM narrative.  I put this up there with Reagan and Gorbachev.