Macron hopes to convince G7 leaders to halt trade war and heal divisions

Macron hopes to convince G7 leaders to halt trade war and heal divisions

French president Emmanuel Macron has said he hopes to convince world leaders to pull back from trade war and heal growing divisions at the G7 summit in Biarritz, despite signs that will be a daunting task. The leaders of the major industrialised democracies gathered in the French Atlantic resort amid a cluster of global crises, deep rifts within the group and increasingly erratic behaviour by Donald Trump. “There is still no certainty whether the group will be able to find common solutions, and the global challenges are today really serious, or whether it will focus on senseless disputes among each other,” European Council president Donald Tusk said in a strikingly dour assessment of the summit’s chances of success. “The last years have shown that it is increasingly difficult for all of us to find common language when the world needs our cooperation more, not less. This may be the last moment to restore our political community.” At an opening dinner of Basque cuisine in a 19th-century lighthouse, Macron was expected to seek consensus and potentially common action among guests including Tusk and the leaders of the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan and Italy. It is increasingly difficult for all of us to find common language when the world needs our cooperation more, not less Donald Tusk “We are going to talk about the great conflicts: Iran, Syria, Libya and Ukraine,” Macron said. He was also expected to raise the ecological catastrophe unfolding in the Amazon and the threat of […]

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