Donald Trump's G7 Tweets Were Depressing, Says Angela Merkel

GETTYMerkel tried to lighten the mood by cracking a joke with the US leader

Closer home, Indian Twitter users spotted an opportunity to make the photo more relatable by editing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Trump's place, asking when they would receive the Rs 15 lakhs Bharatiya Janata Party leaders promised each Indian would receive if they were voted into power in 2014.

In an in-depth interview with German broadcaster ARD, she said that the European Union would follow in the footsteps of Canada and come up with counter-measures to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.

President Donald Trump said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were waiting for a final draft of a joint statement by G-7 leaders when an iconic photograph was taken over the weekend showing the two leaders in what appeared to be a confrontation. The Social Democrats, the junior partner in Merkel's grand coalition, have largely left the two conservative parties to fight it out between themselves.

Tensions on the right wing of Merkel's CDU have also been growing, and there are signs that support for her within the party has dwindled over the issue.

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Saxony's state premier, Michael Kretschmer, told Die Welt daily: "Of course, people who have no chance of getting asylum in Germany must be rejected at the border", adding that this includes people who had applied for asylum in other countries.

Saying that Europe must do "everything in its power to keep migration from becoming poison for European Union cohesion", Maas warned member states to "stop using the migration issue as domestic propaganda against the EU".

Many Twitter users took up the challenge of a caption contest and offered alternatives to Merkel's straightforward description.

Merkel and Seehofer have been increasingly at loggerheads over the refugee issue. Seehofer promptly renamed himself Heimat, or homeland minister, a provocative move as the word was hijacked by the Nazi party to promote loyalty and the need to protect to the death of German values, and has not shaken off that connotation.

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Seehofer's decision to back out of attending an integration summit in Berlin on Wednesday only increased the tension.

Austria's conservative leader Sebastian Kurz called Wednesday for an "axis of the willing against illegal migration" between Italy, Germany and his own country.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump discuss the joint statement following a breakfast meeting on the second day of the G7 meeting.

The CSU's secretary general Markus Blume said Germans wanted to see the government get immigration under control.

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