Heads of state attended the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on June 9, 2018. Top row: European Council president Donald Tusk, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Bottom row: Seychelles President Danny Faure, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. US president Donald Trump’s recent protectionist moves were at the top of the agenda.
After the G7 fiasco, it's clear that a trade war is in the making. US justifications of "national security concerns" for its tariffs suggest a legitimate target for EU countermeasures: coal.
Trump against the world?
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International trade policy requires three traits to be successful and lead to mutual prosperity. Trump's is missing all three, as he showed at the G-7 summit.
Trump answers questions before departing the White House on his way to the G7 in Quebec.
A political scientist and economist explores the causes and consequences of Trump's scattershot trade policy.
Seven world leaders with axes to grind are preparing to sit round one table. Sparks will fly.
A seal trapped in a mat of plastic pollution.
Millions of tonnes of plastic garbage winds up in our oceans each year. Voluntary pledges haven't worked. It's time for Canada to advocate for an international plastics treaty.
There are different measures of productivity and the nature of the UK’s problem depends on which one we are looking at.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is welcomed by US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.
US-Russia relations have hit their roughest patch since the Cold War. What's in store for the Trump administration's first official visit to Moscow?
The G20 facilitates global engagement but participation can be cumbersome.
In its agenda to reform global economic governance the developing world should look for ways to extract some value from the G20.
Looking downcast: head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde.
The IMF has lowered its forecasts for the US, UK and other advanced economies, even if post-Brexit negotiations go smoothly.
BRICS leaders at a meeting ahead of the G20 summit in Turkey in 2015.
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The BRICS bank is positioning itself to play a significant role in those areas in which the international financial institutions are seen to have failed.
As the tension in the East China Sea continues to mount, Japan's militaristic conservatives are putting their country on an aggressive footing.
The G7's limited membership of like-minded countries gives it significant power to bring about meaningful economic growth.
Heading in the opposite direction?
Sino-Japanese rivalry might well come to dominate this year's G7 and G20.
Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations in the Bavarian Alps for a summit in June. Time is ripe for a courageous shift in global leadership.
The world needs an alliance of leading well-being economies, a WE7, to lead it in the 21st century. It would be the first step towards a global network committed to a sustainable future for the planet.
Last week’s G7 meeting showed that turning our backs on fossil fuels altogether is no longer a fringe idea.
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Advocates of climate action have been saying it for years - we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels completely. And now, the leaders of the world's richest countries have started saying the same.
Public opinion is still firmly anti-nuclear.
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Despite G7 climate pledge, the country isn't embracing renewables.
In climate policy, all roads lead to the French capital.
The G7 is just the first in a series of international gatherings that will define climate policy for years to come.
The G7 leaders are hoping to point the world towards a low-carbon transition.
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G7 leaders have pledged to help end the world's fossil fuel use by the end of the century. It's a laudable aim, but decarbonisation can and should be done by the middle, not the end, of this century.
Often caught talking at cross purposes.
The Russian economy might be hurting, but the government's social contract stands firm against a divided West.
The G7 leaders at Elnau Castle in Germany.
What to make of the announcement that we'll be off the hydrocarbons in time for the 22nd century? Dream on.