Merkel acknowledged that growing tensions between the USA and its allies over Washington's withdrawal from worldwide agreements on climate change and Iran's denuclearization and its newly imposed trade tariffs would make the upcoming G7 summit in Canada a tense meeting.
She said that would "greatly strengthen the consistency and coherence of our foreign policy".
In a weekend newspaper interview, Merkel offered her most detailed response to French President Emmanuel Macron's ideas for reforming Europe, seeking to avert a damaging rift with Paris at a time of anxiety over Italy and growing transatlantic tensions.
"Of course I will try to speak with the American president on the current problems we have, especially with regard to Iran and with regard to trade tariffs", she said. 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".
"It's over", a smiling Merkel said as speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble ended the session.
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