In the face of Trump’s unpopularity, Merkel may try to show in Hamburg that “Germany, perhaps along with a few of its friends, are the real leaders of the free world,” said Michael Wohlgemuth, a Berlin political affairs expert.
“People trust her. She seems to be a reliable broker. She doesn’t come up with very radical views,” he said. “In fact, she takes an extremely mainstream, multilateral position on most issues, but she stands firmly against protectionism and isolationism — qualities that the G-20 was, after all, originally established to fight against.”