This year’s G20 summit kicked off in Hamburg today amidst city-wide protests on climate change, Capitalism and the presence of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Trump and Putin met in person for the first time today and let me tell you, I would love nothing more than to be a fly on the wall during that meeting. I’m sure the conversation would be flowing (depending on Putin’s fluency in English), with topics to discuss such as Syria, North Korea and the alleged Russian interference in last year’s US election. I wonder which of them will bring that up.
The summit is expected to be focused around Climate Change, an issue likely at the bottom of Trump’s agenda after his recent withdrawal from the Paris agreement. It’s been reported the Trump/Putin meeting will take place during a close-door discussion on climate change, so that gives you a pretty concise idea of their views on the matter.
Theresa May has insisted the UK will be “Bold” on the world stage. This is hard to take with seriousness due to the UK’s decreasing influence over recent years, and more importantly because I fail to see Therese May being bold on anything apart from an unrelenting desire to fabricate an appearance of Stability. The idea that any world leader could take her serious with all that’s going in this country, is, quite frankly, laughable.
The occasion has already been marred by numerous protests staged around the city which has garnered almost as much media attention as the summit itself. 159 Police officers have already been injured, with numerous incidents of violence reported all around the city involving Molotov cocktails, smoke bombs and pretty much anything protesters can find to throw at riot police.
We’ll have to wait a few days to see exactly what comes from this yearly meeting of all the world’s significant leaders, though I do expect to see some form of improved relations between the USA and Russia, whatever that means for the rest of us. I also hope Mrs May can reclaim some form of British Pride and put her mark on proceedings. I find it hard to imagine May as a dominant figure in any discussion, I just hope she represents her country in the best way possible.