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“The Magnificent Seven” is considered one of the best westerns of all time. Seven gunslingers with quick hands and a big heart will join forces to protect a poor village infested with bloodthirsty bandits. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Horst Buchholz, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and James Coburn shine like a close-knit group that pragmatically solves problems and defeats evil.
The seven gentlemen who will meet tomorrow in the Bavarian Alps are everything but a tight group. They are definitely not heroes. They are rather battered boxers stumbling around the ring a little disoriented. The coronavirus pandemic, the Russian offensive war against Ukraine, terrible inflation, the impending recession, the escalating power struggle with China, terrorists, populists and, above all, species extinction and the climate crisis are hitting heads of government. G7 countries. In fact, the leading democratic economic powers want to make the world better, fairer and more prosperous. In fact, he can no longer solve his own problems. This is not only because of the size of the calls, but also because of the seven people involved:
US President Joe Biden travels to Bavaria. He will not push through his fundamental reforms in the US Congress, and yesterday the Supreme Court thwarted his policy and abolished the right to abortion in a historic verdict. His figures in the polls are below average and he is in danger of being slapped in the autumn congressional elections. This man knows he has little power left.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Staying in the government seat is more or less difficult for him, his scandals fill the pages of tabloids every day. This man’s authority is gone, he just doesn’t want to admit it yet.
French President Emmanuel Macron she was re-elected with a bang, but she lost her absolute parliamentary majority and had to abandon almost all her plans. Visionary flaps trimmed the wings.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi genoss v Italians country of dissident parties for a long time, but now fights with dissidents in its coalition. He is also affected by environmental problems, such as the drought in northern Italy, and, of course, the mafia, which wants to snatch billions from the EU’s Corona aid fund. Will his government last long?
Also Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he was once considered a pilot, but landed hard based on the facts. Voters hated him for the election, which was scheduled too early in the middle of the pandemic, and his coalition left the country as much debt as it last did in World War II. It does not bring a tailwind to Bavaria.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida he has earned respect for his calm demeanor, but is facing very high inflation and declining polls before the July upper elections. He has no exciting charisma.
Also for Chancellor Olaf Scholz After two defeats in the state elections of his SPD with a nervous FDP and confident Greens, the government became more difficult. He has experience on the international scene from the time of the Minister of Finance, but he does not yet represent a respected authority as his predecessor.
So what can these seven leaders really change when they meet at their € 160 million summit? Lisa Fritsch, David Schafbuch and I talk about it in today’s podcast. Plus, it’s about them EU perspective for Ukraine. If you want to have an overview of the main world events this weekend, listen here.
Discussions on the G7 summit begin at 5:37 p.m.
I wish you a relaxing weekend. Camilla Kohrs will write Dawn on Monday, you will read about me again on Tuesday.