Nigel Farage, the former leader of the Ukip party and prominent Leave campaigner in the Brexit referendum in June, has been shortlisted for Time magazine's person of the year award. Farage is one of the 11 contenders named by the U.S. publication alongside U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "As head of the U.K. Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment," the magazine said. The other contenders are U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, residents of Flint, Michigan, who blew the whistle on lead-poisoned water and Russia's CRISPR scientists, who have developed technology that can edit DNA. Last year's winner was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
More than 60 world leaders gathered in Paris Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, and although the general theme was unity, President Donald Trump seemed determined to stand apart. While world leaders took a bus to the Arc de Triomphe and walked side-by-side as bells tolled to mark the exact moment 100 years ago when the war ended, Trump arrived with his own motorcade. Russian President Vladimir Putin also arrived separately and walked in by himself to the ceremony that included, among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump arrived separately "due to security protocols." But his insistence on standing apart didn't sit well with others, particularly after Trump drew fire for his decision to cancel his appearance at a memorial service Saturday because of rain.
On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's official Instagram account posted a picture from what her office described simply as a "spontaneous meeting between two working sessions" from the Group of 7 nations summit in Quebec City this weekend where President Donald Trump: railed against "ridiculous and unacceptable" trade tariffs on American goods; threatened to quit all trade with his G7 counterparts while also proposing the complete elimination of tariffs on all goods and services; blamed former President Obama for Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine; and made a curious prediction involving his "touch" and his "feel" for his upcoming meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Angela Merkel's office has released this photo taken today at the G7, which tells you a lot about how things went. The image of Trump--surrounded by British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe--sparked a lively discussion on social media when Buzzfeed News' David Mack posted it to Twitter, writing, "tells you a lot about how things went." "This looks like an intervention," wrote one Twitter user. "This isn't WWII, they're allies…does he not remember that?" wrote another.
President Trump is expected to raise the issue of election meddling with Putin at the summit in Helsinki tomorrow; the panel discusses on The Next Revolution. President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin arrived at Helsinki's presidential palace Monday for their historic sit-down, with the eyes of the world watching and no shortage of thorny issues to address. Trump arrived a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation's hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president's motorcade whisked him straight to the neo-classical palace a dozen miles from the airport. Election meddling by Moscow, the annexation of Crimea and Russia's involvement in Syria are all expected to come up in the first one-on-one talks between the nations' leaders since 2010, though President Trump on Sunday sought to lower expectations for any major breakthrough. "… no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough – that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, center, and German chancellor Angela Merkel meet at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. French President Emmanuel Macron, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, center, and German chancellor Angela Merkel meet at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. United States President Donald Trump, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take part in a Women and Development event at the G20 summit Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.