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Refugees, trade and climate are top issues at upcoming G20 summit

PBS NewsHour

Windows of a German department store are covered with wooden boards before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7-8. The G20 summit on July 7-8 comes amid tensions over trade, climate, and refugee policy and increased uncertainty over the U.S. commitment to multilateral institutions. The annual summit of the Group of Twenty (G20), a gathering of the world's largest economies, has evolved into a major forum for discussing the most pressing global issues. One of the group's most impressive achievements was its robust response to the 2008 global financial crisis, but some analysts say its cohesion has since frayed. The July 2017 summit in Hamburg, Germany, is the first for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has already clashed with many of the group's members over trade, climate, and refugee policy.


After trashing G7, Trump tweets opening salvo at NATO before testy Europe trip, feared 'love fest' with Putin

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – With the established global order on shaky footing, President Donald Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will test already strained bonds with some of America's closest allies, then put him face to face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office. Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin. He meets the Russian leader in Helsinki as the finale of a trip with earlier stops in Belgium, England and Scotland. Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an international summit in Canada. On this trip, after meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels, he'll travel to the United Kingdom, where widespread protests are expected, before he heads to one of his Scottish golf resorts for the weekend.


President Trump looks for friendlier European welcome in Poland

PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is headed back to Europe hoping to receive a friendly welcome in Poland despite lingering skepticism across the continent over his commitment to NATO, his past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his decision to pull the U.S. out of a major climate agreement. Trump arrives in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday for a brief visit that will include a speech in Krasinski Square, near the site of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis. He'll also meet with the leaders of Poland and Croatia and hold a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Before moving on to an international summit in Germany, the president will also hold meetings with the leaders of a dozen countries located between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black seas at a summit of the Three Seas Initiative, which aims to expand and modernize energy and trade. One of the initiative's goals is to make the region less dependent on Russian energy.


Trump expects warm welcome in Poland at start of second Europe trip

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is headed back to Europe hoping to receive a friendly welcome in Poland despite lingering skepticism across the continent over his commitment to NATO, his past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his decision to pull the U.S. out of a major climate agreement. Trump arrives in Warsaw later Wednesday for a brief visit that will include a speech in Krasinski Square, near the site of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis. He'll also meet with the leaders of Poland and Croatia and hold a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Duda told Poland's TVN24 Wednesday that his talks with Trump will not be "some general talk about world security" but will tackle concrete issues like energy security for a region still dependent on gas and oil deliveries from Russia. Before moving on to an international summit in Germany, the president will also hold meetings with the leaders of a dozen countries located between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black seas at a summit of the Three Seas Initiative, which aims to expand and modernize energy and trade.


EU spells out conditions for single market access to Britain

Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a final media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a final media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, center, speaks with French President Francois Hollande, left, and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. French President Francois Hollande, center, arrives for a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.