G7 aims to maintain unity of intent on migrants, Tusk says
- Author: Leroy Wright May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 0:58
"We agreed the threat from Daesh [the Islamic State group] is evolving rather than disappearing", Mrs May said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the G-7 also agreed to step up pressure on North Korea, including sanctions.
Trump tweeted that he would make a final decision next week on whether to withdraw from the pact. Lots of very important matters under discussion.
Cohn describes the conversation among the leaders was "very robust" and said there was a "lot of give and take".
A German government spokesman says trade surpluses like the one that's provoking President Donald Trump's ire are the result of market factors and are "neither good nor bad". The Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, made his own pro-Paris pitch to Trump and his advisers. Macron hailed this as "one of the true outcomes of this G-7". Exchange rate depreciation to obtain undue advantages for exports is a domain in which the USA wants to reiterate its warning to some of its G7 partners, such as Japan, but especially Germany - whose record current account surplus, partly reflecting an implicit subsidy provided by the single European currency, is followed with concern in Washington.
Climate policy promises to be the real buzzkill at the G-7 party.
"There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this", he said.
One potential compromise that's emerged involves staying in the climate accord but adjusting the USA emissions targets.
Among the agenda items the Italian presidency has had to capitulate on is a substantial reference to tackling climate change. Macron added that he would be "demanding" in his exchanges with Putin. And even within the seven-nation bloc, the USA and Europe are divided in their stance on Russian Federation.
Trump also touted the $110 billion arms deal he inked with Saudi Arabia as enabling the kingdom to shoulder more of its security needs.
Trump's position appeared to be addressed by new language that said the member countries would be "standing firm against all unfair trade practices".
This is the first G7 summit for most of the leaders who are attending. Endorsing measures to combat terror is expected to find easy agreement, especially after the attack on an English pop music concert killed 22 people Monday night. Meanwhile, the European Union is calling on the Trump administration to respect multilateral trade rules.
Nikolai Fichtner says Germany sees protecting the climate as "a modernization program for national economies".
"The president and the prime minister reaffirmed their commitment to increasing trade between the United Kingdom and the US, including a post-Brexit trade deal", the spokesperson said. Compared to G20 summits, where formalities prevail and leaders arrive from their respective capitals with prepared speeches ready for presentation, the G7 still allows rare moments of spontaneity for its participants. "All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord".
President Trump, who once dismissed global warming as a "hoax", has previously threatened to pull out of the Paris agreement. As a result, the normal official contacts are simply not taking place.
The town of Taormina was in total lockdown for the summit, but the demonstration was allowed in Giardini Naxos, the major seaside location down the hill where Taormina is located.
"I don't want to be part of this new political culture of leaks". During Friday's gathering of the Group of 7 wealthy democracies - as well as at earlier stops on Trump's first worldwide trip - leaders have implored him to stick with the 2015 accord aimed at reducing carbon emissions and slowing potentially disastrous global warming.
Germany is rejecting US suggestions that bilateral deals might be possible between the USA and European Union members.
They restored a vow to fight protectionism - the use of import taxes and skewed regulations that favor domestic producers over their foreign competitors.