G7 – MERKEL AND OBAMA MEET EACH OTHER BEFORE THE SUMMIT Major purposes to be achieved include eliminating hunger and poverty, and limiting the pollution

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama will meet ahead of the G7 summit, that will be held next Sunday in Elmau, a German government source said. “During the G7 summit we do not usually talk about Greece, but the opening of the summit will focus on the current global situation, and so not speaking of the Greek situation would be anomalous and astonishing.” The bilateral talks will focus also on other matters of foreign policy, such as the conflict in Ukraine, and the advancement of Islamic fundamentalist forces in Iraq and Syria.

Angela Merkel argues that the political leaders of Germany, France, UK, Italy, Japan, the US and Canada, are facing two global challenges: eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by 2030 with sustainable development , and then protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global warming. Merkel wrote these statements in an article published yesterday in the “Corriere della Sera”, which summarized the political agenda of the seven major industrial countries.

The protection of the environment seems to be the direct result of the conference held in Paris in December. Then, the global leaders are wishing to reach a deal on the climate situation – everyone, including the developing countries, have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In general, there it seems to be a general feeling, more environmentally conscious, which seemed to have been swept away by the consumerism of the last decades.

Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo

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