G7 Inaction

The Not-Magnificent Seven

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World leaders gather for a group portrait at the Group of 7 conference in Krun in Germany.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    World leaders need to keep talking to each other and the public to address and solve global problems.

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    Facts

    • A so-called Group of Seven leaders met in the German state of Bavaria on Sunday and Monday to discuss global problems.
    • Many opinion makers and demonstrators critizied the G7 meeting, held in the Castle Elmau, for misrepresenting the world’s population and ignoring other large, non-Western economies.
    • The next summit of leaders from the world’s top Western industrial nations is scheduled in 2016 on Kashiko Island in Japan.
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Big expense, but no payoff:  For opponents of the Group of Seven summit in Elmau, Bavaria, that was the verdict before any of the heads of state even had arrived on Sunday.

G7 haters will feel vindicated by the mostly noncommittal words from the summit’s final news release: None of the global problems – whether weak growth, debt crisis, refugee emergencies, civil wars, terror, climate protection, hunger, poverty or inequality – are less pressing after two days of brainstorming by world leaders.

The agreements on disease control and women’s rights seem more like well-intended platitudes issued by an outdated round table.

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