Tensions in the G7

The war within

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre) speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump (seated at right) during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9. Photo: Jesco Denzel/AP

Italian Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta (left) shakes hands with German Defence Minister Ursuala von der Leyen (center right), during a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 7. Photo: AP/Virginia Mayo

President Xi Jinping (fourth from right) and President Vladimir Putin (fourth from left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (extreme left) and other leaders at the signing ceremony of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Qingdao, China, on June 10. Photo: PTI

The economic nationalism of Trump, as evidenced by the tariff he imposed on Canada and Europe, goes against the world view of the G7 and questions the utility of the organisation as a globalising trade force.
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