Get­ting ready for the Don­ald

Frau Merkel is ea­ger to pro­mote global warm­ing at the G-2 sum­mit

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

An­gela Merkel, the good Ger­man who is de­ter­mined make Euro­peans do what’s good for them, wants to take Don­ald Trump to her wood­shed at the eco­nomic sum­mit of 20 right-think­ing na­tions next week in Ham­burg. The Don­ald must be taught the er­ror of his ways and who but Europe’s sternest nanny to do it. There should be lots of noise from the wood­shed.

The heads of state of Ger­many, France, Italy and the lit­tle guys of the Euro­pean Union are all quick to “ac­knowl­edge” their eco­nomic ties to Wash­ing­ton — they don’t want to take 911 off their speed di­als, just in case they get in trou­ble — but they’re de­ter­mined not to budge on the “ex­is­ten­tial” threats like global warm­ing.

They’re de­ter­mined to keep mar­kets open, and that’s a good thing, but they in­sist that Pres­i­dent Trump’s “Amer­ica First” pol­icy is but a cover for pro­tec­tion­ism and iso­la­tion­ism. The EU stands for a rules-based in­ter­na­tional sys­tem (who doesn’t?). Don­ald Tusk, the pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Union Coun­cil, prom­ises that “we speak with one voice.”

Frau Merkel, a big fan of the idea that global warm­ing will even­tu­ally cook the planet un­less the peo­ple who live on it do some­thing about it, will be the host­ess to the sum­mit, which be­gins July 7 in Ham­burg, where she was born. “We knew that we could not ex­pect dis­cus­sions to be easy,” once Mr. Trump said the United States would with­draw from the Paris deal. “The dif­fer­ences are ob­vi­ous and it would be dis­hon­est to try to cover that up. That I won’t do.”

The Amer­i­can exit from the Paris pact makes Euro­peans “more de­ter­mined than ever” to fol­low the ac­cord wher­ever it leads, and some of her Euro­pean al­lies are ea­ger as usual to tweak Un­cle Sam’s beard. Em­manuel Macron, the new pres­i­dent of France, tries to sound gen­er­ous and rea­son­able, say­ing: “On cli­mate, we reaf­firm clearly our very strong en­gage­ment for the Paris ac­cord and our will­ing­ness to go for­ward. And for me per­son­ally, I hope that the oth­ers can be brought back to their senses.” But Mr. Trump, in other words, is nuts and Europe can only hope for the best.

A con­tentious agenda seems as­sured with the guest list in­clud­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan and Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man, with ev­ery­one pre­sum­ably ea­ger to talk about other mine­field is­sues, in­clud­ing the Syr­ian war, con­flict in Ukraine, and the Is­lamic states’ diplo­matic shut-out of Qatar. Frau Merkel’s gov­ern­ment told Mr. Er­do­gan Thurs­day that he could not make a speech to eth­nic Turks in Ham­burg, and this was hotly con­demned in Ankara, threat­en­ing an­other headache for Ger­many.

De­spite all ap­pear­ances, Mr. Macron says the EU does not want to iso­late any G-20 mem­ber. “It’s point­less to iso­late a coun­try,” he said. “Mr. Trump ex­pressed him­self very clearly and we re­acted rapidly that we do not share his vi­sion. Nut or not, he hopes to per­suade Mr. Trump to come to his senses and take a longer-term view. The Chi­nese will come bear­ing gifts for Frau Merkel, two giant pan­das for the Ber­lin Zoo. Not gifts, ex­actly, but on loan. Male and fe­male, they’re ex­pected to be beau­ti­ful and mul­ti­ply.

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