Trump, G7 Peers Seek Deals on Terrorism, Trade, Climate

U.S. News

Activists wearing the masks of the seven leaders of G7, from left, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sit at a table eating mock pasta during an initiative by Oxfam, an international confederation of NGOS aimed at fighting poverty, ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for May 26 and 27 in Taormina, Italy, Thursday, May 25, 2017.


This Photo Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Trump's Presence at the G7 Summit

Mother Jones

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.


G7 leaders pressure tech firms on removing terror propaganda

AP World Headlines

From left, President Donald Trump, European Council President Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni watch an Italian flying squadron as part of activities at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. From left, President Donald Trump, European Council President Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni watch an Italian flying squadron as part of activities at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. From left, Britain's PM Theresa May, President of the EU Council Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni, France President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau walk to their first meeting after the welcome ceremony of the leaders of the G7 countries summit in the Sicilian citadel of Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017. Activists wearing the masks of the seven leaders of G7, from left, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sit at a table eating mock pasta during an initiative by Oxfam, an international confederation of NGOS aimed at fighting poverty, ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for May 26 and 27 in Taormina, Italy, Thursday, May 25, 2017.


Dutch election: European relief as mainstream triumphs

BBC News

European leaders have welcomed the result of the Netherlands election, which saw the anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders fail to become the largest in parliament. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right VVD won by some margin. For Francois Hollande of France it was a "clear victory against extremism", while German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed a "good day for democracy". The vote was closely watched ahead of elections in France and Germany. The Netherlands was seen by many as a bellwether for how populist parties will perform in those polls.


EU leaders set six-month timetable to agree on critical issues

The Japan Times

BRATISLAVA – With policy splits among European Union countries putting their bloc under existential threat, national leaders agreed Friday on a six-month timetable to come up with solutions for the crises hobbling their union but delivered few concrete commitments on ways to bridge the deep differences. While not on the agenda, Britain's decision to leave the EU hung over the meeting, reinforced by the absence of British Prime Minister Theresa May. But the 27 leaders attending talks in the Slovak capital had plenty of other divisive issues to discuss: migration, a common European defense policy, unemployment and the anemic state of the economy. In the end, the leaders committed to have a clear road map of the way ahead and some practical results when they meet in late March in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU's founding Treaty of Rome. "Europe can -- must -- move forward, as long as it has clear priorities: protection, security, prosperity and the future of the youth," said French President Francois Hollande in a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.