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    G7 Summit in Biarritz, France (39)

    The annual G7 summit started on Saturday, with seven heads of state gathering in Biarritz to discuss important international economic and financial issues.

    The G7 summit is scheduled to take place in Biarritz, a French resort city, from 24-26 August and bring together the European Union and representatives of the world's seven largest economies, namely Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    While the official theme of this year’s summit is the fight against inequality and the advancement of universal access to social welfare, the meeting takes places amid a new escalation in the US-China trade war. On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that the US would increase tariffs by another five percent on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods that are already being taxed in response to Beijing's latest retaliatory measures.

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    • 23:49

      Trump Assures of Progress on Opening Day of G7 Summit

      U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

      Trump Assures of Progress on Opening Day of G7 Summit

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that there was a progress during talks on the first day of the G7 summit in the French city of Biarritz.
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    • 17:41

      Trump, Macron Find Common Ground on Iran, Global Trade During G7 Meeting - Report

      French President Emmanuel Macron and his US counterpart Donald Trump have found "major points of convergence" on subjects including trade, Iran's nuclear programme and the wildfires consuming large parts of the Amazon, a French presidency official said Saturday.

      The two leaders had an unscheduled two-hour lunch before the opening of the G7 summit in Biarritz, and Macron "created the conditions for a good degree of convergence within the (G7) group, after obtaining clarifications from Donald Trump" on key issues, the official said.

      Their talks covered areas of both "agreement and disagreement," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

    • 17:32

      G7 Leaders Unlikely to Reach Consensus - Analyst

      Kostas Gouliamos, Rector of the European University Cyprus and Honorary Professor of Lanzhou City University, China:

      "Despite the fact that the aim of the summit is to formulate global responses to challenges affecting countries worldwide, it is doubtful that the leaders are ready for a constructive consensus. The disagreement between France and USA (followed by UK, Japan and Italy) on the Amazon wildfires consists a sound evidence. It is really oxymoron for USA and its following countries to produce myopic approaches and infantile excuses in their political effort to underestimate the seriousness of this international crisis as the Amazon rainforest produces the 20% of the world’s oxygen. 

      Nevertheless, more disagreements are expected on the ongoing trade war that USA declared to China. As a result lots of nation-states and their existing trade agreements are subject to revision. 

      Moreover, the leaders will discuss global policy issues of high relevance on political agendas. For instance, there is an intention to accommodate the participation of major democracies with major regional influence, countries from Africa and civil society. The scope of such a major step or vision is to form synergies in projects and produce solutions to combat all types of inequality more effectively, legitimately and tangibly."

    • 17:17

      Police Fire Water Cannons at Anti-G7 Protestors in France

      French police used water cannons to disperse protestors blocking roads near the G7 summit in France.

      A few hundred people, many of whom have covered their faces with masks and scarves, have been marching though the city, screaming anti-police slogans. The march is occurring in the part of the city surrounded by rivers from both sided, with bridges blocked by the police.

      At one of the bridges, protesters began provoking the police, who hosed them four times in response and then fired teargas at the crowd.

      The procession is currently repeating its previous route.

    • 16:17

      Protesters Rally Against G7 in Bayonne, France - Video

      Protest Against G7 Summit in Bayonne, France - Video

      The G7 summit that is being held in France from 24-26 August, chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron, is set to highlight the issue of inequality and the advancement of universal access to social welfare.
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    • 16:00

      Trump on Meeting With Macron: Many Good Things Are Happening for Both of Our Countries

    • 15:32

      G7 Summit Kicks Off in Biarritz, France

    • 13:38

      Angela Merkel Arrives in Biarritz Ahead of G7 Summit

    • 12:51

      UK Risks Being Drawn Into Global Trade War - Johnson

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      Boris Johnson Says Britain Risks Being Drawn Into Global Trade War Amid US-China Escalation

      The day before, China decided to impose 10 percent and 5 percent tariffs on $75 billion worth of imported American goods, while US President Donald Trump responded by saying that the US would increase tariffs against China even more.
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    • 12:34

      Nine Thousand People Protest in Hendaye Against G7 Summit - Reports

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    • 12:25

      Trump Says He and Macron Get Along Very Well

    • 12:00

      Macron, Trump Have Joint Lunch Prior to Summit Opening

    • 11:05

      Macron Says Wants De-Escalation of Trade War

      "We must succeed in reaching a de-escalation, stabilise things and avoid this trade war which is already taking place everywhere," Macron said.

      "We must find new ways to launch real stimulus, stimulate growth," he added.

    • 10:22

      EU to Respond if US Imposes Tariffs on France Over Digital Taxation Plan

    • 10:18

      EU Can't Agree With Trump's Proposal to Return Russia Back to G7

      European Council President Donald Tusk

      'Under No Condition' Will EU Agree to Invite Russia Back Into G7 - Tusk

      Earlier, following remarks by US President Donald Trump that he would "certainly" support Russia's return to the G7 to recreate the G8 group of nations, a 'high-ranking source' in Brussels told reporters that doing so would be a "sign of weakness."
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    • 10:12

      G7 Summit Will be Difficult Test of Unity, Solidarity - Tusk

      According to European Council's President Donald Tusk, the current G7 summit will be "a difficult test of unity and solidarity" after a year during which leaders of the member-states have found it hard to find a common language.

    • 09:43

      G7 Member-States Leaders Arriving at Biarritz Airport

      Leaders of the G7 members-states are arriving at the airport of Biarritz for the first days of the group's summit. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has become the first leader to arrive for the summit.

    • 09:40

      Anti-G7 Protest in Hendaye

    • 09:25

      People Gather in Hendaye France to Protest Against G7 Summit

      Some Nine Thousand People Reportedly Gather in Hendaye, France to Protest Against G7 Summit - Video

      The G7 summit that is being held in France from 24-26 August, chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron, is set to highlight the issue of inequality and the advancement of universal access to social welfare.
      Read more
    • 08:18

      Trump Renews Threat to Slap Tariffs on French Wine 'Like They've Never Seen Before' Ahead of G7

      FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings in Normandy, France,  June 6, 2019

      EU Vows Response as Trump Threatens to Slap Tariffs on French Wine Amid G7 Summit

      Earlier, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned against conflating the digital tax that Paris seeks to slap on US tech companies and the levies on French wine pledged by President Trump.
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