G7 communique acknowledges split with US on climate
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 21:13
What does the G7 stand for, who are they key players and what are the potential bust-ups?
It would also be fiercely opposed at home by the USA environment lobby and by American corporations that are now investing heavily in cleaner technology.
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Friday put pressure on internet companies and social media sites to do more to stop the spread of "hateful ideology", appealing to their sense of social responsibility to more swiftly identify and remove terror propaganda. Its current members make up almost 50 percent of the world economy, and represent more than 60 percent of net global wealth.
Trump listens to Italian PM Gentiloni during the family photo.
The summit will end on Saturday.
The G7 no longer represents all of the world's leading economies.
Meanwhile, Democrats are urging Trump not to withdraw from the agreement.
The European Union and the United States imposed sanctions on Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and pledged to up the penalties if Russian interference in Ukraine intensified. In particular, reporters and social media have pointed out his lengthy handshake with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, his alleged "shove" to move in front of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and his face-to-face with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who expressed dismay over an alleged USA leak of British intel from the investigation into the Manchester bombing.
But for Gentiloni and May, the Taormina summit may also be their last, given upcoming elections.
It was eight against one, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Mr. Trump's relationship with Germany has been strained from the start.
The G-7 is an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship.
Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett said Mr Trump - who once dismissed man-made climate change as a Chinese-inspired hoax - risked turning the U.S. into a "pariah state" unless he finally came out in support of the Agreement, which aims to stop global temperatures from rising more than two degrees centigrade and was accepted by his predecessor Barack Obama past year.
In March, the United States got the G20 to drop its traditional pro-free trade stance, but Trump has postponed a decision on whether to abandon his country's commitments to curbing carbon emissions until after Taormina. He said numerous European leaders noted that even if a hundred countries are parties to an agreement, there's "a big gap when you take the biggest economy out".
Multiple White House meetings on the matter were delayed in recent weeks, and Trump advisers ultimately said he would not make a decision until after he returns to Washington from a nine-day, five-stop global trip.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to increase pressure on North Korea as the authoritarian country has been repeatedly carrying out ballistic missile tests in defiance of global criticism.