Germany has assumed leadership of the G20, the club of the world’s most powerful nations, announcing an ambitious agenda that sets a high bar for coordinated action on climate and sustainable development amid uncertainty about the U.S. role in the world following the election of Donald Trump.
The Hamburg Summit in July will be the first time President Trump meets with the full group of G20 leaders. The newly released summit agenda is a reminder that the new president’s campaign promises and early appointments could put him at odds with the prior G20 commitments.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the G20 agenda in a video message on Dec. 1 in which she named “responsible global climate policy” among the summit’s goals. She also stressed the importance of open markets, a foundational G20 commitment since the group came into being as a leaders’ forum in 2007.
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