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After the G7 Summit: When you think it can’t get any worse…

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Ripping apart the final communique

The G7 Summit on 8 and 9 June 2018 in Charlevoix, Canada, ended in the worst possible outcome. Even an open clash at the negotiation table would have been better than President Trump’s post-summit withdrawal from the joint communique. On his road of destruction of the existing international order, Donald Trump has deprived the G7 of its operating principle: the forging of shared purpose as a basis of joint action among a select group of important countries. This is a bad omen for the upcoming G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the end of the year.

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The Future of Globalisation – Introducing our blog

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More cooperation is urgently needed

As editors, we are thrilled to launch the Future of Globalisation blog. It provides a platform for debates on current world economic issues, global power shifts and the roles of formal and informal global governance institutions and relevant networks. These debates, based on solid empirical research, are increasingly important in view of a global system fraught with mounting uncertainties. The blog posts are written by researchers from international renown institutions, amongst them numerous prestigious think tanks from rising powers, and from the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

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Reading recommendation: G20 pushes for Africa Connect

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The global economy has been struggling for some time with surplus resources in search of a destination for optimum returns. The German G20 Presidency tried to address this issue with enhanced focus on strengthening cooperation with Africa. What are the policy choices for India? Together with Japan, India is committed to support quality and sustainable development through the Asia Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC). The time to walk the talk is there and the opportunity should be seized.

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Reading recommendation: For Africa, the G20 Hamburg Summit is a door stopper, not a bookend

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African leaders welcomed the Attention at this G20 Summit and praised Germany for the “new partnerships”. In concrete terms though, what results from this effort are the announcements of funding of less than $ 500 million. Time has come for the continent to position itself as part of the solution rather than part of the problems to address. Instead of being too distracted by others‘ plans, it’s time to have a plan for how the continent deals with them, G20 included. Please continue reading…

Reading recommendation: For the G20 – Let’s return to the original idea

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Need the G20 to get back to the routes?

At its creation the G20 was meant to facilitate coordination, cooperation and problem-solving among key actors in a specific policy field, which then was global financial stability. The G20 was not meant to be a jack-of-all-trades, offering welcoming words and restating support for long-accepted and previously reconfirmed goals, as most subsequent G20 summits did. The list of unmet global challenges is lengthening and the human, political, environmental and economic costs of global crises are mounting. So wouldn’t this be the time, Inge Kaul, Professor at the Hertie School of Governance, asks, to revert to the original G20 concept as a global forum for announcing concrete measures to resolve—not just chat about—the most pressing global challenge? Please continue reading…