June 11, 2018 / 7:44 AM / 8 months ago

G7 summit 'commotion' has brought EU closer together: German economy minister

FILE PHOTO: German Economic Minister Peter Altmaier delivers a statement regarding the Trump Administration's steel and aluminum tariffs outside of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2018. REUTERS/ Leah Millis

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Events at the Group of Seven summit have brought the European Union closer together, Germany’s economy minister said on Monday.

Having left the meeting in Canada early, U.S. President Donald Trump said he was backing out of the group’s joint declaration, sinking what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

“The commotion at the G7 summit in Canada has brought the European Union closer together. It is important we show unity at all levels,” Peter Altmaier said on arrival at a meeting of EU ministers in Luxembourg.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by John Stonestreet

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