G7 summit opens with tough line on Ukraine

The second G7 summit, hosted by German chancellor Angela Merkel, was recently inaugurated. The summit will be attended by US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • Among other issues, the meeting will focus on the continued fighting in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, which U.S. and German leaders agreed should remain in place.
  • The meeting also focuses on global issues — from climate change and Islamist extremism to women’s rights, public health initiatives and the fight against poverty.

G7: The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialized democracies–the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom–that meets annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy.

Sources: The Hindu, cfr.org.

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