Merkel won’t attend G7 summit in person if US goes ahead



German Chancellor Angela Merkel briefs the media after a meeting with German federal state governors at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 27.

Associated Press

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend an in-person meeting in the U.S. with the leaders of the world’s major economies if President Donald Trump goes ahead with it, unless the course of the coronavirus spread changes by then, her office said Saturday.

After canceling the Group of Seven summit, originally scheduled for June 10 to 12 at Camp David, Trump said a week ago that he was again considering hosting an in-person meeting of world leaders because it would be a “great sign to all” of things returning to normal during the pandemic.

Immediately after that announcement, Merkel suggested she had not yet made up her mind on whether to attend in person or by videoconference, but her office told the DPA news agency she has now made a decision.

“As of today, given the overall pandemic situation, she cannot commit to participating in person,” her office said. It added that the chancellor would continue to monitor the coronavirus situation in case things change.

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