Avaaz campaign demonstrators wearing masks of world leaders protest against Trump’s climate policy.
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European leaders said Thursday they are ready to defend the Paris climate accord and free trade when they face President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit.Still, meeting later Thursday with European participants in the G-20, she sought to downplay prospects of an outright clash with Trump.Trump announced on June 1 that he was pulling the U.S. from the Paris deal. The U.S. could try to rejoin the agreement under more favorable terms or work to establish "an entirely new transaction," he said.Later, though, Merkel brushed off a question about chances of G-20 members except Trump drawing up a statement on climate change.Merkel argued that the G-20 – a forum that rose to prominence in the wake of the global financial crisis – is needed more than ever because countries working together can change things far more effectively than with uncoordinated national policies.
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