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The Latest: German Minister Backs Holding G20 in New York

The Latest: German Minister Backs Holding G20 in New York

Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:01 AM

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-20 summit in Hamburg (all times local):

11 a.m.

Germany's foreign minister is supporting the idea of holding future Group of 20 summits in New York, home to U.N. headquarters.

Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio Thursday that this year's host, Hamburg, and its predecessors have done a good job of hosting the summit — but it would make sense to connect the event more closely to the U.N.

Gabriel says that many feel left out by 20 heads of state and government "talking about the rest of the world."

He says he supports a proposal by Martin Schulz, the leader of his center-left party and Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in Germany's September election, to take the event to the home of the U.N.

Gabriel says "that would be a big symbolic step forward."

10:15 a.m.

Ten cars were set ablaze overnight outside a Porsche dealership in Hamburg. Police say they're investigating whether the incident was related to the upcoming Group of 20 summit.

Police said Thursday that unidentified perpetrators set the cars alight in the city's Eidelstedt district shortly before 4 a.m. The blaze was extinguished before 6 a.m.

The situation in Hamburg has been largely calm ahead of the G-20 summit that starts on Friday but authorities are concerned about possible trouble at a large protest by anti-globalization activists later Thursday.

9:25 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is assailing "politically motivated" sanctions as a hidden form of trade protectionism ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Germany.

Putin wrote in a guest article for Thursday's edition of German business daily Handelsblatt that "protectionism is developing into a behavioral norm."

He added that "limits by one-sided, politically motivated sanctions on investment, trade and particularly technology transfer are becoming its hidden form."

Putin said that such sanctions not only lead nowhere but "contradict the G-20 principles" of working together in the interests of all countries.

The European Union and United States have imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

Putin and other G-20 leaders will meet in Hamburg Friday and Saturday.

8:35 a.m.

Hamburg police are gearing up for a major protest by anti-globalization activists as Germany's second-biggest city prepares to welcome leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers.

Organizers of Thursday's demonstration have titled the event "G-20: Welcome to Hell." While protests so far have been largely calm, city police chief Ralf Martin Meyer told ZDF television: "We are skeptical as to whether this evening and tonight will remain peaceful."

Hamburg is boosting its police force with reinforcements from around the country for the summit, which takes place Friday and Saturday, and will have 20,000 officers on hand to patrol the city's streets, skies and waterways.

Leaders of the participating countries, among them U.S. President Donald Trump, are expected to arrive in Hamburg Thursday.

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