G7 leaders gather in Italy for three-day summit

by Renata

The G7 summit started today as Western leaders face difficult circumstances at home.

The topics for debate are Ukraine, the Middle East, China, and AI. According to the White House, President Joe Biden will also sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy “in a show of strength” against Russia.

But Biden and the leaders of at least Germany, France and the United Kingdom, all face major challenges thanks to shifting political preferences on the domestic front.

The only victorious leader seems to be Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni, who enjoys relative stability at home but whose effectiveness with G7 leaders remains doubtful. Nevertheless, the group promised a combined $50 billion in aid to Ukraine from frozen Russian assets.

Pope Francis will also advise countries on the ethics of AI. He is the first pope to be invited to a G7 summit.