Jun 1, 2017

Merkel and Macron: we won't renegotiate Paris deal

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The heads of state and government of Germany, France, and Italy — fellow G7 leader Theresa May was notably absent — issued a joint statement that "[takes] note with regret" President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and hits back at Trump's call to renegotiate the deal.

Summing it up: "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies, and economies."

And French President Emmanuel Macron gave a televised address on Trump's decision, stating that, "On climate, there is no plan B because there is no planet B," adding, "The United States has turned its back on the world, but France will not turn its back on Americans." The kicker:

Make our planet great again

Trump's foreign calls: After making the announcement, Trump called Merkel, Macron, May and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to personally explain his decision. The White House said Trump reassured the leaders that the U.S. "remains committed to the Transatlantic alliance" and to protecting the environment.

May sides with Europe: If any of the four was going to support Trump's move it would have been May, but a readout from the U.K. side says she "expressed disappointment" with Trump's decision.

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Biden rolls out new policies in effort to court Sanders supporters

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.

Reports: Saudi Arabia and Russia reach major deal to cut oil production

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OPEC+, led by mega-producers Saudi Arabia and Russia, reached a tentative agreement Thursday to impose large cuts in oil production as the coronavirus pandemic fuels an unprecedented collapse in demand, per Bloomberg and Reuters.

Why it matters: The revival of OPEC+ collaboration patches up the early March rupture between the countries, which had pushed already depressed prices down much further by threatening to unleash even more new supplies into the saturated market.

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