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Germany: Juncker warns Trump against protectionism; addresses Hamburg street protests04:35

Germany: Juncker warns Trump against protectionism; addresses Hamburg street protests

Germany, Hamburg
July 7, 2017 at 14:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Europe is ready to respond in days, not months with counter measures to the US' possible imposition of tariffs on European steel imports, said the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker on Friday, ahead of the start of the G20 Summit in Hamburg.

Speaking at a media briefing at Hamburg Messe, Jean Claude Juncker also commented on the violent street protests that have taken place in Hamburg since Thursday.

"It is not as if we're blind or deaf as we go through Hamburg. We've been listening very carefully indeed as people try to influence the outcome of the summit," said Juncker before striking a positive note on the state of the economy. "This year we've a bit more wind in our sails then was the case last year," he added.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who took to the stage next, underlined migration as being one of the key issues for Europe, urging the G20 leaders to "be ruthless in the fight against smugglers."

Tusk stated that the EU had "managed to overcome to a great degree the crisis on the Eastern Mediterranean route" while the problems still persist with policing the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy amid the smugglers' increased activity, and instability in the region. "Italy can count on Europe's help in every dimension," Tusk stated.

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Europe is ready to respond in days, not months with counter measures to the US' possible imposition of tariffs on European steel imports, said the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker on Friday, ahead of the start of the G20 Summit in Hamburg.

Speaking at a media briefing at Hamburg Messe, Jean Claude Juncker also commented on the violent street protests that have taken place in Hamburg since Thursday.

"It is not as if we're blind or deaf as we go through Hamburg. We've been listening very carefully indeed as people try to influence the outcome of the summit," said Juncker before striking a positive note on the state of the economy. "This year we've a bit more wind in our sails then was the case last year," he added.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who took to the stage next, underlined migration as being one of the key issues for Europe, urging the G20 leaders to "be ruthless in the fight against smugglers."

Tusk stated that the EU had "managed to overcome to a great degree the crisis on the Eastern Mediterranean route" while the problems still persist with policing the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy amid the smugglers' increased activity, and instability in the region. "Italy can count on Europe's help in every dimension," Tusk stated.

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