A top adviser to Donald Trump confirmed that the U.S. president had criticized Germany as “very bad” on trade at a meeting with EU officials in Brussels. “He said they’re very bad on trade, but he doesn’t have a problem with Germany,” White House economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters at a Group of Seven summit in Sicily. Source Reuters
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The German government is considering scrapping a scheme that supports companies operating in Turkey. The move comes after reports surfaced that Turkey had issued a blacklist of German companies it accuses of supporting terrorism. Source Deutsche Welle
A former Chinese diplomat, who was earlier Consul General in Mumbai, told Chinese state media on Wednesday that Indian troops faced three options at Doklam as the stand-off entered one month: withdrawal, capture or an attack by China “should the dispute escalate”. Source India Today
Turkey wants Israel to use its clout to push Cyprus into allowing a pipeline to pass through its waters so the region’s natural gas can be exported to Europe. Source: Bloomberg