Yesterday, Merkel criticized the Trump administration in an interview with Die Zeit, saying “globalization is seen by the American administration more as a process that is not about a win-win situation but about winners and losers.” She also told the German parliament last week that “anyone who believes they can solve the problems of this world with isolationism and protectionism is making a big mistake.”

Protectionism is just one of the many topics where the chancellor is at odds with the US president, who is also critical of the “catastrophic mistake” Germany has made by allowing refugees to settle in the country. Today’s freshly signed EU-Japan trade agreement will emphasize Merkel’s commitment to globalization and co-operation with neighbors and allies, a sharp contrast to Trump’s “America First” policies.

After Trump, Merkel must meet with an angry Turkish president, who savaged Germany in a Die Zeit interview of his own, published today, accusing the government of committing “political suicide” for refusing to allow him address the large Turkish population in Germany while he’s in town for the summit. Merkel and Erdogan have had multiple run-ins in recent years years; Merkel most recently criticized her Turkish counterpart for imprisoning a German journalist.

The German chancellor is no stranger to managing macho strongmen, but the stakes for her personal political career at this year’s G20 are high, offering both risks and opportunities.

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