The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States have been meeting in France – that’s the group known as the G7.
It is the 45th time it’s met in one form or another and the tradition is to hold roundtable discussions, led by the host – in this case France’s President Emmanuel Macron – and for some sort of declaration or communique to be released at the end.
But in a sign of the times, Macron made a declaration before the summit that there would be no declaration. An admission, of sorts, that trying to find global concensus in 2019 is a difficult business.
And so the focus shifts to the sideline meetings, the one-on-one discussions where leaders try to do their own deals.
U-S President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson were one example on Sunday.
But they didn’t always seem to be on the same page, especially when it came to the US trade war with China, and fears of it becoming a global problem.
So with all the infighting, posturing and one-on-one deals, what purpose does this G7 serve?
Presenter: Kmahl Santamaria
Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.
Theresa Fallon, Director of the ‘Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies’…
Einar Tangen, China political and economic analyst.
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