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Is the G7 a dead parrot?

First published Prospect 11/06/2018

It was facetiously called the G6 +1, highlighting the isolation of the United States at the G7 summit in Quebec, which has just concluded. But to all intents and purposes the G7 group of advanced economies has become the G6. The US has, for now at least, checked out. Donald Trump, who left Quebec early to fly to Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, refused in a fit of pique to endorse the otherwise agreed communique covering a broad range of policy goals. With US leadership and sponsorship going awol, is it time, finally, to bury the G7? Read on….