Trudeau, Merkel talk climate change in advance of G7
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about making progress at the G7 on climate change and combating protectionism when they meet next month in Quebec.
Both are hot-button topics with U.S. President Donald Trump, who will be making his Canadian debut at the June 8-9 gathering in Quebecâs Charlevoix region.
Merkel is the G7âs longest-serving leader, and has clashed with Trump in the past, including at his summit debut last year in Italy.
Trumpâs trip to Canada is generating concerns among diplomats and analysts that Trudeau could wind up hosting a summit that could fracture the Group of Seven into a so-called âsix-plus-oneâ configuration, with the U.S. as an outlier.
Trudeau and Merkel also discussed the need to make âmeaningful investmentsâ on educating girls and women in crisis settings, a topic that the prime minister is being pushed to champion by leading aid agencies and anti-poverty groups.
The two leaders spoke Tuesday while the prime minister was in Edmonton, but his office waited until today to release an account of the call.Source: Google News