the G20’s Hamburg meeting

Donald Trump declared that the G20 meeting in Hamburg, had been a “wonderful success”. Few agreed, often referring to the event as “G19 plus one”. Here is a typical example.

“The most striking impression that comes from the G20 … is that not only is there is no central US leadership role, but there is profound questioning of western values, from democracy itself to simple freedom of the press,” said James Stavridis, a former US commander of Nato. “What we see today is beginning to look like the world after the first world war about 100 years ago, in which none of the leading nations pulled together and we in the US rejected the idea of the League of Nations.”

Demetri Sevastopulo and Stefan Wagstyl, “G20 allies learn to work with, and around, Donald Trump“, Financial Times, 10 July 2017 (gated paywall).

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