If not for Angela Merkel, there would be little reason to expect much from the upcoming Group of Twenty (G20) summit. Germany’s highly capable chancellor is hosting the summit, and she will no doubt be feeling pressure to put on a good show ahead of national elections later this year. Maybe she will succeed where so many others have failed in recent years, and orchestrate something noteworthy in Hamburg on July 7-8.
We can hope — but we would be fools to expect it.
The recent history of the G20 is a story of disappointment and shattered expectations.
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