EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement where she pledged "more decisive action than ever" on climate on June 2, 2017 at the Chancellery in Berlin, in reaction of the US President's decision to quit the Paris climate agreement.

"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and military", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Asked Tuesday whether her meetings with senior officials from India and China this week signaled a pivot away from Germany's old ally in Washington, Merkel sought to dampen speculation of a major rift.

"I say to all those for whom the future of our planet is important: let us continue on this path together so that we can succeed for Mother Earth", she said.

Donald Trump shoves North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leader Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic
KEITH: NATO countries have agreed to spend 2 percent of GDP on their own national defense, although they aren't all doing it. Trump did mention Article 5 in his speech - it was unavoidable, given the memorial he was unveiling.

Representatives of German political parties today rejected the decision of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

At the same time, Kipping criticized government politicians in Germany.

Merkel said Tuesday Germany's relations with the United States are of "outstanding importance", but it must engage with other key nations going forward.

Days earlier, in Saudi Arabia, Trump had presided over the single largest USA arms deal in American history, worth United States dollars 110 billion over the next decade and including ships, tanks and anti-missile systems.

Security beefed up at Rajinikanth's residence after pro-Tamil group's protest
The rumours swept the state in recent days after the actor called on his fans to "prepare for war". Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said he has very good relations with Rajinikanth.

It is "the order of the day to oppose this man with everything that we stand for", Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz, who is challenging Merkel in Germany's September election, said at a party event. Since then she has hosted Li and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

She said Trump's comments were being "nitpicked" and there has been no change to USA commitment to Article 5. "But the importance we put on these ties can not mean that we abandon fundamental principles such as our commitment to fight climate change and in favour of open societies and free trade", he said.

"If it was a change in policy, he would have said it", Haley said.

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