G7: summit ticker – Macron landed in Munich

20:35 – Macron landed in Munich

French President Emmanuel Macron was the first foreign head of the G7 to land in Munich. He was received at the airport by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU). Bavarian costumes and mountain riflemen greeted the guests on the red carpet, the brass band played. After being entered in the gold book of the state government, he is to be transported to Elmau by helicopter.

20:24 – Police are investigating a suspicious package

After the discovery of a suspicious package on Bundesstraße 23 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zugspitzstraße was closed. Traffic will be diverted. According to a police spokesman, special units of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office were asked to examine the package. A BR reporter affected by the closure reports chaotic traffic conditions. Motorists tried to get to the finish line on dirt roads.

20:10 – Rest in Garmisch-Partenkirchen the day before the peak

The center of Garmisch-Partenkirchen was quite quiet on Saturday. A few locals and tourists sat in cafes and ice cream parlors in the pedestrian zone, and most shops were closed in the late afternoon. The police presence was high – both in the historic center and on the outskirts of the city. The parking lot where the police vehicles stood was sometimes guarded by several police officers.

Police from the Bavarian police “communications team” also patrolled the pedestrian zone to answer questions. Many people have used this offer mainly to find out about routes or alternative means of transport, because the local bus association suspended bus transport from Saturday (June 25) to Sunday (June 26) due to the G7 summit. A demonstration against the summit is planned for Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

19:50 – A political expert hopes for a signal of unity

Foreign policy expert Jana Puglierin of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank hopes that the G7 summit in Elmau will send a “strong signal” of Western unity, “in terms of their attitude towards Russia, but also support Ukraine.” The G7 has cooperated very well since the beginning of the war, Puglierin said in the BR extra, and hopes that the G7 will not “present itself as an exclusive club” but will “expand the alliance” in dialogue with invited countries from Africa and Asia.

19:32 – Chancellor Herrmann welcomes US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

The head of the Bavarian State Chancellery, Florian Herrmann (CSU), welcomed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at Munich Airport. Herrmann tweeted several pictures and described the meeting as an “honor.” He also wrote: “We warmly welcome you to the G7 summit in Bavaria. The US and Bavaria are close friends. We stand for a transatlantic partnership.”

19:03 – Police buses are to bring 50 G7 opponents to the castle

At a demonstration near Elmau Castle on Monday, 50 G7 opponents are to be brought with police cars as part of a stellar march. The district office issued a corresponding decision on Saturday. It remains that participants are taken in police buses from Klais train station near the castle. Activists criticized this because, in their opinion, it was not compatible with the right of assembly.

18:55 – US government praises Germany ahead of G7 summit

Prior to the G7 summit, the US government emphasized the importance of a close partnership with Germany. “Germany is a strong ally of NATO,” John Kirby, director of communications at the National Security Council at the White House, told reporters on a flight to Munich.

18:50 – Klais: A small town dedicated to the G7 summit

The town of Klais with 200 inhabitants between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald is around the G7 summit. From here, the only way up is to the Schloss Elmau conference venue. Hundreds of police officers secure the route and check all access roads. Sandra Steinhauser, mayor of Klais and member of the Krün city council, perceives the peak with mixed feelings. “Many are already wondering why it has to take place here again after 2015,” says Steinhauser. In principle, however, the summit is very important from their point of view and “they have to meet somewhere”. But many people in the city would also wonder why there must have been so many police officers. “Of course you’re wondering what all emergency services are doing with fuel alone, especially at this time.” Overall, he hopes it will be as calm as the first summit. Many families also left Klais for the weekend, which is easily possible thanks to distance learning for school children. Most of the residents who remained in the village watched the summit and police operations.

18:30 – On BR24extra from 19:00: The day before the summit

The Werdenfelser Land awaits the G7 heads of state and government. How are the preparations going, what are the citizens’ expectations and fears from the summit, how were the first protests against the summit?

That BR24 extra from 7 p.m. summarizes the most important events of the day before the start of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau. Live here on BR24 – the stream begins at the top of the article.

18:26 – Scholz arrives at Schloss Elmau

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) arrived in the evening at Schloss Elmau in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where he will host the G7 summit for the next three days. The Chancellor flew a government plane to Munich and then a helicopter to Elmau.

17:30 – Scientists demand more money from G7 for climate protection

Before the start of the G7 summit, scientists asked the participating countries for more money to protect the climate. More money is needed than the $ 100 billion that industrialized countries have pledged to countries particularly affected by global warming, said Axel Berger of the German Institute for Development and Sustainability in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

17:19 – Scholz is not on Söder’s welcome tweet

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder welcomed the G7 heads of state and government to Bavaria in advance via Twitter – but one is missing from the accompanying photo: Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). “Grüß Gott in Bavaria!” Read the photo. Pictured were US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida – six heads of state and government. Ironically, Host Scholz is not there. This has been noticed by some Twitter users. “I’m only counting six,” one user wrote. Others also noted that the chancellor is missing from all people. “He’s not a guest,” said another. Germany is holding a summit.

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