Photo of Merkel and Trump captures G7 tensions

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Also standing across the table are French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, Angela Merkel has some thoughts.

Tense and confrontational, it appears to sum up President Donald Trump's entire trip, which highlighted divisions among the global powers.

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The leaders had been meeting at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, Canada over the weekend.

After all, during the summit, Trump had threatened to enact stiff penalties if other countries did not agree to dramatically reduce or end tariffs on American goods.

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership.

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"I think everyone knows that there will be hard discussions there", said the Chancellor, referring to the two-day G7 summit, which will start on Friday in Charlevoix in Canada's Quebec.

The 28-member bloc - soon to lose the United Kingdom after the 2016 referendum to exit the European Union - managed to grapple with a financial meltdown and the biggest influx of refugees since World War II only with "great effort", Merkel said. "After a long day of work and very direct dialogue, we are actively seeking an ambitious agreement", an English translation of Macron's tweet reads. Russian Federation used to be included rounding out the group to G8, Trump has been lobbying for the country to be let back in.

She points to demands by Trump for Europe to pay more for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, his exit from the Paris climate agreement, conflicts over trade and his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last month.

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