Leaders of the G7 states will gather in the French city of Biarritz on August 24–26. On the agenda are trade relations between countries, the fight against climate change, Brexit, relations with Russia and a number of other topics. At the same time, as the French leader Emmanuel Macron said, due to disagreements between the participants at the end of the summit, a common communique will not be signed. On the eve of the forum, after statements of Macron and US President Donald Trump, the issue of Russia’s return to the G8 was actively discussed.
The leaders of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan and Italy will come together to discuss the most important problems for them. Personally, the composition of the participants will hardly change compared to the summit held in Canada in 2018. The only newcomer is Boris Johnson, who took over as British Prime Minister in July. At the same time, for the chairman of the Italian Council of Ministers, Giuseppe Conte, who announced his resignation a few days ago, this forum is likely to be the last.
French President Emanuel Macron, chairing the G7, also invited India, Australia, Chile, South Africa, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Rwanda to participate in the forum as guests. The summit will be attended by representatives of the EU and the African Union.
Priorities on the G-7 summit agenda include overcoming inequalities, conserving biodiversity and tackling climate change, countering terrorism, information technology and defending democracy, as well as collaborating with Africa, a continent that has traditionally been Paris’s area of focus.
Another typical French feature of the Biarritz Summit is the invitation to the forum of representatives of the fashion industry, who must sign a special agreement to combat climate change. Representatives of such brands as Gucci, Zara, H&M showed interest in the event.
In addition, earlier, Emmanuel Macron on his Twitter called on the G7 countries to discuss forest fires in the Amazon, which led to his public dive with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaru. He accused the French leader of a “colonial mentality.”
Before the forum, the newly made British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, at which he demanded a review of the Brexit agreements. Berlin agreed to take London’s position into account, but Paris refused to make concessions.
At the same time, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for Brexit. On August 20, he had a telephone conversation with Boris Johnson, during which the parties discussed a future free trade agreement between the two countries. According to Trump, he will meet with Johnson at the G7 summit to talk about this topic.
In addition, the US president intends to talk with Macron about the tax imposed in France in mid-July on the services of major digital companies, which has affected American IT giants such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Trump called it “stupidity” and even threatened to impose duties on the import of French wine, which Paris “has not yet seen.”
Analysts do not expect that some landmark decisions will be made at the Biarritz summit. As the French leader noted on Wednesday, August 21, a joint statement following the meeting will not be published. The reason is the controversy between US President Donald Trump and the rest of the G-7.
In 2018, at a summit in Canada, the American president refused to sign the final communique and prematurely left the forum. Experts do not exclude that the situation may well repeat itself.