>> Here in Hamburg, leaders from the G-20 economies have been enjoying themselves, relaxing from the fantastic new Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, where they've been listening to Beethoven. While their aides have been slaving away overnight trying to narrow their differences on climate and trade policy. Here in Hamburg, at the G-20 meeting, I'm Paul Carroll with Reuters.
Well, two big takeaways really inside the meeting, first of all, Presidents Trump and Putin met for their first face to face meeting. They met for over two hours, and they really agreed to let bygones be bygones as far as the controversy over alleged Russian meddling in the US election was concerned.
That's caused some consternation back home in the US for Trump, with democrats not happy. But they kind of agreed to put all of that in the past and instead focus on better ties going forward. And they talked about Syria, of course, where they both have interests, at some length.
The second takeaway is that the Germans have managed to finesse the differences that the 20 powers came into this meeting with. So by bridging those differences this marks a diplomatic success for Merkel, who is seeking reelection in September. So the other big memorable moment here is, not what's going inside the meeting, but what's going on outside where anti-capitalist protesters have clashed with police.
200 police injured, this was a high risk venture really for Merkel, holding the summit here in Hamburg. She wanted to use the port city as a symbol of openness. She wanted to show the world's leaders that you can have a meeting like this in a city and tolerate some healthy protest.
Fortunately, no one killed, and no one seriously injured. So that's good for Merkel, and Trump complimented her also, on the way she's finessed and for her stewardship of this meeting, and he said, you've done a fantastic job.