Meloni’s second: Italy hosts G7 summit amid far-right surge | EUROtoday

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What are summits about anyway? Most of the time, minions and sherpas have lengthy agreed earlier than on coverage factors earlier than the purple carpet has even been rolled out. Arguably most necessary in a summit, the picture ops, an opportunity for politicians to point out they’re on the helm, serving to to rule the world in a spirit of cooperation. So what does this lot rule over? Dateline the Puglia resort of Borgo Egnazia on Italy’s Adriatic coast.

See the radiant host Giorgia Meloni, the far-right chief who in her nation completed tops in final Sunday’s European elections. Watch all the opposite G-7 leaders. How pressured are the grins for extra mainstream incumbents? They’re both reeling from final Sunday, trying over their shoulder as they put together to face electoral verdicts to come back, or in some instances, each.

France’s Emmanuel Macron did so badly in opposition to the far-right that he has referred to as snap legislative elections. Does this summit mark the dying days of a sure type of western world order? That brings us to the opposite motive why summits matter, sidebar talks.

Liberal democracy will not be on the official agenda so what notes will these weakened incumbents commerce on the quiet as they do battle with a populist surge?

Produced by Maya Yataghene, Rebecca Gnignati and Juliette Brown.