Merkel explained the Geneva Convention to Trump

Owen Stevens
January 30, 2017

"The chancellor stressed this policy in yesterday's phone call with the USA president".

Hollande highlighted trade and diplomacy in global conflicts as areas for concern.

"There are challenges posed by the new USA administration, in regards to commercial rules, in regards to the conflicts in the world", he said in Berlin.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has hit out at President Trump, saying it was "divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality".

"This is the first contact by phone since President Trump assumed office so it is hardly likely there will be substantive contact on all issues".

She said: "We share a common view on many issues so we will continue to work very closely with the Trump administration", adding: "The very best days of the Australia-US relationship lie ahead". "We will see what happens".

Hollande mentioned Brexit and the rise of populist movements as other important challenges, and said European Union leaders would seek unity on all these issues at their meeting in Malta next month.

Gabriel, a long-time hopeful for SPD candidate to challenge sitting Chancellor Merkel, suddenly announced on Wednesday that he would not participate in the September 24 general elections and would also step down as SPD chairman.

Europe needs to narrow disparities between stronger and weaker national economies, Costa said, along with coordination with the plans of the European Central Bank.

French President François Hollande also denounced Trump's ban against refugees and said "when [Trump] rejects the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we should respond to him". However, relations between Trump and his team and Russian Federation have been under scrutiny following allegations that Moscow meddled in the United States election a year ago. Theresa May condemned the ban after facing a furious backlash for refusing three times to do so yesterday.

There are concerns that Brexit would set off a domino effect, with other European Union member states opting to withdraw from the bloc. May wants this to happen by the end of March. Both France and Germany have been victims of massive Islamist terror attacks, the deadliest of which killed 130 people in a series of bomb and shooting attacks in Paris in November 2015. Hollande, who has governed since 2012, announced he would not run for re-election amid dismal approval ratings.

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