World Factbox-What is on the G7 summit agenda? (And what is on the dinner menu?)
Allies hope to bond, look beyond virus at G-7 summit in UK
LONDON (AP) — There will be roundtable meetings, one-on-one chats and a group photo against a picturesque backdrop. When leaders of some of the world’s richest nations meet Friday at the English seaside for a three-day Group of Seven summit, much of the choreography will be familiar. But the world has changed dramatically. Since the G-7 last met two years ago, the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 3.7 million people and decimated economies with lockdowns and layoffs. A planned G-7 meeting in the United States last year was postponed, then canceled.So when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes U.S.
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) wealthy nations begin a three day meeting in Cornwall, England, on Friday, discussing issues ranging from COVID-19 vaccines and economic recovery to climate change and geopolitics.
The G7 is made up of the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Representatives from the European Union also attend. This year South Korea, South Africa and Australia will attend parts of the summit. India, also an invited guest, will participate in some of the summit virtually.
Biden to get warm welcome from relieved but wary allies
LONDON (AP) — When U.S. President Joe Biden flies to Europe this week, he will find his hosts welcoming but wary. His predecessor Donald Trump may be gone, but he leaves a long shadow. Biden’s first foreign trip as president starts Wednesday and includes a gathering of the Group of Seven wealthy nations by the seaside in southwest England, a NATO summit, a meeting with European Union chiefs, and then a tete-a-tete in Geneva with his Russian counterpart and adversary, Vladimir Putin.For most of America’s allies, Biden is a relief.
Here is the outline agenda:
Early afternoon - Leaders meet for a socially-distanced family photo on the beach at Carbis Bay.
First discussion session - Building back from COVID-19.
Evening - Leaders and their partners travel to the Eden Project - a series of bio-domes that create a rainforest environment. Here they will attend a reception with Queen Elizabeth, heir Prince Charles, and his son Prince William and his wife Kate.
After the reception, leaders have dinner of locally caught roasted turbot followed by strawberry pavlova.
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Second discussion session - Economic resilience
Third discussion session - Foreign Policy
Guest nations and the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrive and India joins virtually.
EU vows a firm response as Brexit tensions rise anew
BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials vowed Thursday to use all measures available to ensure that the United Kingdom respects the terms of its Brexit agreement with the bloc as tensions rise over trade involving Northern Ireland. “It is paramount to implement what we have decided. This is a question of rule of law,” European Council President Charles Michel said. “We will use all the tools we have in order to make sure that we defend our interests and to protect the integrity of the single market.
Fourth discussion session - Health. Melinda French Gates and UK Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance will address leaders virtually at the meeting.
Leaders and guests have a barbecue on the beach, including steak and lobster, followed by hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows.
Fifth discussion session - Climate and Nature. Naturalist David Attenborough gives a pre-recorded video message.
Sixth discussion session - Open societies.
Leaders are expected to issue a communique.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a media conference, followed by other leaders' conferences.
(Reporting by William James; editing by Michael Holden)
For Cornwall, G7 summit brings mix of disruption and hope .
Falmouth, ENGLAND (AP) — Towering steel fences, masses of police, protests on the beach: The Cornish seaside’s turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are looking decidedly less idyllic this week as leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies descend for a summit. U.S. President Joe Biden and leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are arriving for three days of talks starting Friday at the tiny village of Carbis Bay, near St. Ives in Cornwall. The region is a popular holiday destination in the southwestern tip of England known for its long, picturesque coastline, its mild climate — and a savory pastry called the Cornish Pasty.