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28.06.2022: Ukraine reconstruction conference planned
Elmau (dpa) -The reconstruction of Ukraine following Russia’s war of aggression against the country is to be discussed at a major conference, says German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. As Scholz said on Tuesday at the end of the three-day G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, he and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen were determined to prepare such a conference together. At the conference, he said, they would discuss with many others how to successfully rebuild a country as large as Ukraine after it had suffered such military destruction.
“This will not be an endeavour that will take just a few years, but one that will take many years,” said Scholz, explaining that the international community needed to take concerted action – based on an overarching concept that will need to be developed with researchers and experts from the OECD, the World Bank and others and that would have to function for many decades. He described it as a “gigantic task.”
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28.06.2022: G7 countries make billions available for food security
Elmau (dpa) - The G7 countries will commit to providing up to five billion US dollars for global food security, according to the US government. More than half of this amount will come from the United States, a senior US government official said at the G7 summit in Bavaria on Tuesday.
27.06.2022: G7 commits to fight climate change
The G7 countries have committed themselves to fighting climate change, but want at the same time to guarantee the security of energy supply. According to German news programme “tagesschau”, a declaration issued by the seven industrialised countries states that this also means gradually phasing out coal and expanding renewable energies in a “socially just” manner. The G7 partner countries Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa also signed up to the declaration.
27.06.2022: G7: 28 billion euros for Ukrainian state budget
The G7 countries have promised Ukraine financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic aid. After talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau, a declaration was published stating that up to 28 billion euros would be made available to the Ukrainian state budget for this year, according to “tagesschau”. This is to help the government to meet people’s basic needs.
27.06.2022: Scholz warns of global split in wake of Ukraine war
Elmau (dpa) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned against a global split in the wake of the Ukraine war. “First of all, we must not fall into the trap set by Putin of claiming that the world is divided into the global West (...) and everyone else,” he said on Monday’s ZDF “Morgenmagazin” programme, which he joined from the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria. “Democracies exist all over the world and they have very similar views.” He said that is why he had also invited five host countries to the G7 summit of Western economic powers: India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal and Argentina. The heads of state and government of these countries will attend the summit on Monday. Scholz said it was important to engage in discussion with these countries. “The Russian war of aggression has consequences for the whole world: many countries fear a hunger crisis, many countries fear massively rising energy prices,” said the chancellor. “And we have to stand together in solidarity. And we also want to show this solidarity here.”
26.06.2022: G7 summit in Germany commences
Elmau (dpa) – With German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as chair, the G7 summit of democratic economic powers begins today with consultations on both the global economic situation and security policy. Before the opening session at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, Scholz will be speaking with US President Joe Biden. It is Biden's first visit to Germany since taking office in early 2021.
Much of the summit will revolve around the Ukraine war and its consequences. The G7 states are expected to once again pledge support for as long as it is needed to the country attacked by Russia. Firm financial commitments are expected in the fight against famine, which is particularly prevalent in East Africa and is worsening given rising grain prices in the wake of the war. High energy prices will also be a topic in Elmau, and of course climate protection, too.
The G7 includes the world's seven most economically powerful democracies: Germany, the USA, France, Great Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan. In addition, EU Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will attend the summit. Scholz has also invited five guest countries to attend – democracies from Asia, Africa and South America, namely India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal, and Argentina. The summit will take place in a mountain manor house converted into a hotel in the Wetterstein Alps in Bavaria.
25.06.2022: G7 foreign ministers: Russia is exacerbating the global food crisis
Berlin (dpa) - G7 foreign ministers have demanded that Russia free access to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports so that it can export food. They said in a statement released in Berlin that Russia is exacerbating the global food crisis by blockading the ports, bombing grain silos, and destroying Ukraine’s agricultural infrastructure. The foreign ministers of the G7 member states met in Berlin on Friday ahead of the GY summit in Elmau this weekend.
Speaking at an international conference on food security, likewise held in Berlin on Friday, German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “Russia, and Russia alone, bears responsibility for this escalation.” Looking ahead to the meeting of G7 leaders in Elmau in, Bavaria, starting Sunday, he continued: “The summit will issue a clear message to people around the world threatened by famine. We will ensure that your lives do not become the plaything of cynical power interests.”
German Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made it clear at the conference that they intend to do more together to tackle the hunger crisis threatened in the wake of the Ukraine war. “Our message as the G7 is clear. We will not allow the Russian war of aggression to plunge the world into famine. We are acting united,” Baerbock said.
The world’s major industrialized nations have assumed a special responsibility to act, even though they did not trigger the hunger crisis, which is being exacerbated by the Russian war of aggression, Baerbock said. “As G7 partners and with our international friends we are seeing how Russia purposefully sends food prices rocketing with its cynical grain war in order to destabilize entire countries.”
Blinken thanked Germany for leadership on the issue. “There is no reason other than Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and Russia’s blockade of wheat and other food exports from Ukraine,” he said. “We are united in the defence of common values. We are united in the defence of human rights and democracy and international law,” he said.
24.06.2022: Scholz: We’re prepared for a gas bottleneck
Berlin (dpa) - Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes Germany and the EU are well prepared for a possible halt to gas supplies from Russia. However, the Federal government and Netzagentur, the Federal Network Agency responsible for the power and gas grids amongst others, are calling on consumers and companies to save energy. Every effort has been made to import energy from other countries, Scholz said on Friday on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels. “And we now need to press the pedal even further on this effort.” He added that this was indeed a major challenge. “But we will be closing ranks on it.” The gas shortage in Europe and rising energy prices will also be a topic at the G7 summit, which Scholz will host in Elmau, Bavaria, where it opens on Sunday.
23.06.2022: US wants to increase pressure on Russia at G7 summit in Germany
Washington (dpa) - According to the White House, the US wants to increase pressure on Russia over the war of aggression against Ukraine at the G7 summit in Bavaria. A senior US government official said on Wednesday that the US would make “a number of concrete proposals” to this end at the meeting, which begins this Sunday. This would also be intended to demonstrate the joint support for Ukraine. Among other issues, the consequences of the war on price increases and on energy and food security worldwide will be on the agenda. The G7 will also “advance a vision of the world grounded in freedom and openness – not coercion, not aggression, not spheres of influence”, the government official continued.
22.06.2022: Marathon summit to be dominated by the war
Berlin/Brussels (dpa) - It will be a marathon summit, the likes of which have rarely been seen before. It starts next Thursday in Brussels with the European Union heads of state and government, will then be continued in the Bavarian Alps by the G7 group of leading democratic economies, and will finally conclude after eight days in the Spanish capital Madrid, where Nato plans to reposition itself. Almost 50 countries from all the world’s continents will be involved, though only three leaders will make the entire journey from start to finish: French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Only their countries are members of both the EU and Nato, as well as of the G7.
21.06.2022: Scholz to meet Biden on sidelines of G7 summit
Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz plans to hold bilateral talks with all eleven participating heads of state and government – including US President Joe Biden – on the sidelines of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. A good six months after taking office, Scholz will be hosting his first major international meeting at the castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which has been converted into a luxury hotel. The summit will take place from 26 to 28 June and is embedded into the meetings of the European Union (23/24 June) and Nato (28-30 June). In addition to Germany and the USA, the G7 encompasses the following five countries: France, the UK, Italy, Canada and Japan. Scholz has also invited five guest countries: India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal and Argentina. His aim in doing so is to strengthen the cohesion of democracies worldwide.
20.06.2022: DIHK: Make G7 meeting the starting point for climate club
Berlin (dpa) - The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) has called for the upcoming G7 meeting to set the course for greater international cooperation on climate protection. “Cooperation on climate policy in a climate club could help ensure that climate costs for companies are largely harmonised between the participating economic areas,” DIHK President Peter Adrian told the German Press Agency. The group of G7 countries could serve as the starting point for an alliance of countries making comparable efforts in the area of climate protection. “The common goal should be to make an ambitious climate club a core element of a successful global climate policy,” Adrian said. “We need international alliances in climate protection. Otherwise we will not be able to make any sustainable progress here. The result could be that production sites are relocated to the detriment of both climate protection and the European economy.”
19.06.2022: Scholz wants to strengthen cohesion of democracies
Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to make strengthening cooperation between democracies worldwide a focus of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. “It would be a particular success if the summit could serve as the starting point for a new view of the world of democracy,” Scholz said in an interview with the German Press Agency. He said it was short-sighted to see democracy as being merely the system in the conventional West, i.e. the G7 states. In addition to Germany, this group includes the USA, Canada, France, the UK, Italy and Japan. “The major, powerful democracies of the future are in Asia, Africa and the American South and will be our partners,” said Scholz, who is hosting the G7 summit from 26 to 28 June.
17.06.2022: Zelenskiy to attend G7 summit via video link
Berlin (dpa) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will attend the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria at the end of June via video link, according to a German government spokeswoman in Berlin on Friday. The G7 summit of the leading Western industrialised nations will take place from 26 to 28 June. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had invited Zelenskiy to attend the summit virtually on 27 June, the spokeswoman said.
16.06.2022: Zelenskiy to attend G7 and Nato summits
Kyiv (dpa) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will represent the interests of his war-torn country at the G7 and Nato summits at the end of June. As Zelenskiy announced on Twitter on Wednesday evening, he had gratefully accepted the invitations to the top-level meetings. It was initially unclear whether the Ukrainian leader would be leaving his country for the summits or whether he would take part via a video link, as he has done at other meetings. Zelenskiy said in his evening video address that he saw great progress overall in terms of international support for his country.
15.06.2022: German government planning conference to address hunger crisis
Berlin (dpa) - Shortly before the G7 summit, the German government is planning to host an international conference to address the looming global hunger crisis caused by Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian wheat. At the meeting, which is scheduled to take place at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on 24 June, the government is to be represented by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Development Minister Svenja Schulze and Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir.
“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is confronting the world with a hunger crisis of dramatic proportions,” the invitation reads, according to a report in the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe. With a view to initiating aid and concepts to combat the impending disaster in time, ministers of the G7 countries, of the leading donor states and of the worst affected countries are to meet. The Russian navy has been blockading Ukraine’s Black Sea ports since the war of aggression against Ukraine began more than three months ago. Ukraine, the world’s fourth largest grain exporter, is therefore unable to export its own supplies.
14.06.2022: Temporary border controls ahead of G7 summit
Berlin/Munich (dpa) - Just under two weeks before the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, temporary controls have been put in place at all of Germany’s borders with neighbouring countries. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, this is due to increased security requirements around the summit. A Federal Police spokesperson said that officials were trying to minimise the restrictions. The measures are intended to help keep the population safe and to ensure that the planned demonstrations proceed peacefully.
The heads of state and government of the G7 countries will be meeting at Schloss Elmau from 26 to 28 June. Several demonstrations involving thousands of participants are expected in the surrounding area. The G7 comprises Germany, France, the UK, Italy, the USA, Canada and Japan.
13.06.2022: Meeting of G7 science ministers in Germany
At a summit meeting, the G7 science ministers are mainly discussing the topics of climate, health and securing the freedom of research. German Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger met with her counterparts in Frankfurt am Main on Monday. “Science and research are central to our future: without research there can be no progress and no innovations,” declared Stark-Watzinger. The G7 countries also intend to address the coronavirus pandemic. “As the G7, we are keen to support and advance international research on post-Covid,” the federal research minister stressed. The results of the consultations in Frankfurt are to be summarised in a joint final declaration.