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Merkel warns of tough G7 talks despite ‘goodwill’

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Dialogue with Rome but respect EU rules (3)

German chancellors have not beforehand interacted straight with lawmakers in the identical approach British prime ministers do at their weekly query time.

She said that would "greatly strengthen the consistency and coherence of our foreign policy". She said that points to a "serious problem with multilateral agreements".

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she was hoping to discuss Iran's nuclear program with U.S. President Donald Trump at an upcoming G7 summit in Canada on June 8-9.

"I will of course try to speak to the USA president about the current problems that we have overall, in particular on Iran and on trade tariffs", Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament during a question and answer session with lawmakers.

She said Germany will work at least to preserve what was agreed on at last year's G-7 and Group of 20 summits on trade and climate.

"Dialogue is always important", she said during a question and answer session with German lawmakers.

At her first question-and-answer session in parliament on Wednesday, Merkel was asked by a lawmaker from the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, Michael Espendiller, whether it was right to throw Russian Federation out of the G-8 and whether it would be good to revive the format.

AfD, however, sought to assail Merkel over the influx of more than a million migrants to Germany in 2015 and 2016. Merkel, fielding another question from the far-right, anti-immigrant AfD, was accused of "importing Islamists", many of whom are "rapists and murderers" who have caused "endless human suffering".

Merkel said that after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Russians could not be readmitted to the G7, but she favoured keeping up talks with Moscow despite differences.

"When will you resign?" asked lawmaker Gottfried Curio.

"It's over", a smiling Merkel said as speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble ended the session.

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