Friday, June 11, 2021

The New International Normal


The leaders of the G7 nations held their first meeting today at the Corbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall, England, with a new U.S. President determined to repair the damage to our alliances done by the "former guy" and his pro-Russian / pro-authoritarian policies. On the agenda for the round of meetings are climate change (now that the U.S. had rejoined the Paris Climate Accords), a uniform global corporate tax to minimize multinational corporate tax evasion, trade policies and countering malign Russian and Chinese activities toward the world's democracies. After President Biden pledged 500 million COVID doses to underprivileged nations yesterday, the G7 announced an additional 1 billion does that they will contribute.

The G7 summit comes after the Pew Research Center released a survey that shows President Biden enjoys wide approval among our allies, something the bragging and bullying former guy didn't have by a wide margin.

(photo: Leaders from left, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

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