Germany assumes G7 presidency

Germany has assumed the presidency of the group of leading democratic economies. Chancellor Scholz has set his sights high.

Deutschland übernimmt Vorsitz der G7

Berlin (dpa) – For one year, Germany has assumed the presidency of the group of leading democratic economies known as the G7. The highlight will be a summit at Elmau Castle in the Bavarian Alps hosted by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) from 26 to 28 June 2022.

The thematic focus will be on climate protection, combating pandemics and strengthening international cooperation and democracies worldwide. "We will use our presidency to make this group of states a pioneer. A pioneer for a climate-neutral economy and a just world," Chancellor Scholz stated in his New Year's address. "International cooperation is important. In a world that will soon have ten billion inhabitants, our voice will only be heard if we act in chorus with many others."

In addition to Germany, the "Group of Seven" includes the USA, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Canada. The group of western industrialised nations was founded in 1975 by the then German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing during a global economic crisis, initially as the G6, which then became the G7 with Canada a year later. Russia was admitted in 1998, but excluded again in 2014 because of the seizure of the Crimea in Ukraine. There is no sign that Russia will return to the group. These days the G7 is attempting to distinguish itself as a group of states that defends Western values against the rival systems of countries such as China and Russia.

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