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G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: Scholz reports with a video message - and speaks of "climate club"

2022-06-26T13:43:54.670Z

G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: Scholz reports with a video message - and speaks of "climate club" Created: 06/26/2022, 15:34 By: Bettina Menzel As Chancellor, you have to look left and right a lot: Olaf Scholz sees himself exposed to various global trouble spots. © Ludovic Marin/afp Before the G7 summit, Germany is calling for a fight for food security, the chancellor wants to set up a "climate club



G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: Scholz reports with a video message - and speaks of "climate club"

Created: 06/26/2022, 15:34

By: Bettina Menzel

As Chancellor, you have to look left and right a lot: Olaf Scholz sees himself exposed to various global trouble spots.

© Ludovic Marin/afp

Before the G7 summit, Germany is calling for a fight for food security, the chancellor wants to set up a "climate club".

Agriculture Minister Özdemir advocates alternative routes to the Black Sea.

News ticker.

  • Food security

    part of the

    agenda

    : Germany warns of a worsening of the global hunger crisis, but Chancellor Scholz dampens expectations for the G7 meeting.

  • Defeat global

    hunger

    : Welthungerhilfe Secretary General demands 13 billion euros from G7 countries.

  • Grain exports

    from

    Ukraine

    : Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir calls for permanent alternative routes.

  • This

    news ticker

    has ended.

    The current news ticker on the political news of the G7 summit 2022 in Elmau can be found here.

Update from June 26, 9 a.m.:

Around 20,000 participants were expected, but according to police information, only around 4,000 people initially appeared at the large-scale demonstration at the G7 summit in Munich on Saturday.

There were no major riots.

French President Macon landed in Munich on Saturday evening.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has also traveled to Schloss Elmau by helicopter.

The political program at the G7 summit in Elmau begins on Sunday. You can read all the information about it in our current news ticker.

Update from June 25, 9:42 p.m.:

Emmanuel Macron landed in Elmau at 9:18 p.m., as reported by our local colleagues.

US President Joe Biden is to follow him in the course of the evening.

Update from June 25, 8:55 p.m .:

The first guest has landed with Emmanuel Macron.

The French President and his wife were welcomed by Prime Minister Markus Söder at Munich Airport.

On site, the head of state also signed the book of the Bavarian state government.

Update from June 25, 6.44 p.m .:

The host is here!

Olaf Scholz arrived at Schloss Elmau after first flying to Munich on a government plane and from there by helicopter to Elmau.

Update from June 25, 5:45 p.m .:

The day before the start of the G7 summit, Olaf Scholz spoke publicly.

In a video message entitled "Kanzler compact", the Federal Chancellor emphasized: "Many things that we buy have become more expensive.

Food, but especially the prices for energy.

We notice that at the gas station, we notice that when we have to pay the heating bill.

Heating oil and gas are all much more expensive than they were a year ago.

So we have to prepare for it.”

In order to find solutions to the energy crisis and inflation, Germany must coordinate with other nations: "Because we will only be able to overcome the challenges this new situation presents for all of us together.

Politically, we want to discuss all of this internationally." He also looks back at the history of the union of states: "This discussion club once started as the G6 with six states, when Helmut Schmidt called everyone together to talk about how we were dealing with the oil crisis at the time evade."

Now it is about the current crisis and about stopping man-made climate change by turning away from the use of fossil fuels.

One task is to set up a "climate club" in which the countries that want to achieve this work together.

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Update from June 25, 5:13 p.m .:

Markus Söder is no slouch.

In view of the prominent visit that has been announced for the coming days in Upper Bavaria, the CSU leader and Prime Minister of Bavaria sent a greeting to the heads of state and government of the G7 via Twitter and Instagram.

"The world as a guest in Bavaria: Welcome to Bavaria!

We welcome the most important heads of state in the world, ”wrote the 55-year-old to a picture showing Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi, Fumio Kishida and Justin Trudeau in front of Elmau Castle and the mountain panorama.

It goes on to say: “At the G7 summit, the free world organizes itself and defines common interests.

The current crises in the world show how important international coordination is.” The fact that Olaf Scholz cannot be seen in the picture led to discussions among users.

"I only count six," wrote one user.

Others also remarked that the chancellor, of all people, was missing.

"He's not a guest," countered another.

Update from June 25, 4:42 p.m .:

When the G7 demonstrators arrived at the final rally on the Theresienwiese in Munich, there were apparently brief scuffles between the police and protesters.

"Upon arrival at the Theresienwiese there was an arrest and subsequent solidarity action by the black block.

We stopped the people and spoke to them over the loudspeaker.

Shortly thereafter, the people returned to the meeting independently," the police said on the short message service Twitter.

G7 summit demonstration in Munich: 4000 instead of the expected 20,000 participants - and 3000 emergency services

Update from June 25, 3:27 p.m .:

Around two and a half hours after the official start of the announced large-scale demonstration at the G7 summit in Munich, the initial impression of the low number of participants continues.

The organizers spoke of 6,000 protesters, but the police only gave 4,000 participants.

At least 20,000 people were originally expected.

The police themselves were on site with 3,000 emergency services, and initially there were no incidents.

A spokeswoman for the organizers said that the reason for the low participation could not yet be assessed.

The organizer of the rally, Uwe Hiksch from the Friends of Nature, said it was well below "what we expected".

But it had been clear for about a week and a half that the mobilization wasn't that strong, Hiksch continued.

"We have the impression that a lot of people are unsettled by the war in Ukraine."

Especially in the red-green spectrum, which is usually mobilized for such a demo, there are currently many people who said: "Now is not the time to take a counter-position to the heads of government."

G7 summit demonstrations in Munich: "We are disappointed"

Update from June 25, 1:49 p.m .:

Around 20,000 participants were expected, but according to police information, only around 3,500 people initially appeared at the large-scale demonstration at the G7 summit in Munich on Saturday.

However, the demonstration is scheduled for several hours, so the numbers can still increase as the event progresses.

One participant was surprised by the currently low influx.

"We are disappointed," said 46-year-old Andrea from Greenpeace in Hanover to the German Press Agency.

It seems as if only organizations are on site, but no one from the population. 

At 1:42 p.m., the Munich police announced on Twitter that the meeting on the Theresienwiese had now started.

The start of the major demonstration was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Pedestrians and participants in a demonstration by the G7 critics for better climate and species protection as well as against hunger and poverty go through Munich (June 25).

© ven Hoppe/dpa +++ dpa picture radio +++

G7 summit in Elmau 2022: Demonstration at the G7 summit with fewer participants than expected

Update from June 25, 1:01 p.m.:

The start of the large-scale demonstration at the G7 summit in Munich was scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

The route began at Munich's Theresienwiese and will then run through the city center.

Shortly before the start on Saturday, only several hundred to around a thousand participants were present, as dpa reporters reported on site.

The police did not initially announce any numbers, but around 20,000 participants had been announced in advance.

The current number of participants is currently below expectations.

"We expected a little more participants," a reporter from ZDF Bayern quoted the organizers as saying, according to tz.

15 anti-globalisation associations from Attac to the environmental organization WWF had called for the demonstration in Munich in advance.

Chancellor Scholz dampens expectations of G7 summit in Elmau 2022

Update from June 25, 11:47 a.m .:

Before the start of the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) called for a determined fight for food security and advocated a “climate club” to stop man-made climate change .

Now the chancellor himself has dampened expectations of the meeting.

Elmau is in the mountains, "We will certainly not move mountains there," said Scholz on Saturday in his weekly video message "Kanzler compact".

But the leaders of the G7 countries could "make important decisions and prepare things that are useful for all of us".

G7 summit in Elmau: Chancellor Scholz wants to stop man-made climate change with "climate club".

Update from June 25, 10:38 a.m .:

From the perspective of Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), the current crisis is about stopping man-made climate change by turning away from fossil fuels, as he made clear in a video on Saturday.

To this end, he wants to set up a “climate club” in which those countries that have committed themselves to this goal will work together.

In his video message, Scholz also recalled the history of the G7 summit: "This discussion club once started as a G6 with six countries, when Helmut Schmidt called everyone together to talk about how we were going to deal with the oil crisis at the time," said the Chancellor .

Scholz also wants to look for a solution to the energy crisis and inflation with the G7 countries at the summit that begins on Sunday.

Olaf Scholz in another video message at the end of May at the benefit concert for Ukraine at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (archive image).

© IMAGO/Jean MW / FuturexImage

G7 summit in Elmau 2022: 13 billion euros needed to end hunger in the world by 2030

Update from June 25, 9:27 a.m.:

According to Welthungerhilfe, the G-7 countries must provide at least 13 billion euros each year in order to be able to defeat hunger in the world by 2030.

This emerges from an interview by Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of the aid organization, with the

Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung

(NOZ) before the G7 summit meeting that begins on Sunday.

According to Mogge, the situation is more dramatic than it has been for decades.

According to Welthungerhilfe, more than 800 million people are already suffering from chronic hunger.

"As a result of Corona, climate change, war and conflicts, this number could again exceed the billion mark," warned the Welthungerhilfe Secretary General. 

G7 summit in Elmau 2022: The World Health Organization insists on financing the corona vaccination programs around the world

Update from June 25, 7.30 a.m .:

The World Health Organization (WHO) demands moral pressure from the federal government on the other industrialized countries at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau.

It is about financing the corona vaccination and care programs around the world.

Germany is by far the largest contributor.

“The federal government must clearly say to the others: We paid our fair share, so do you,” said Bruce Aylward, who is responsible for corona coordination in the WHO management team, the German Press Agency.

Those who don't pay their share are free riders.

Because the federal government is the only country besides Canada that has paid its fair share, it cannot be afraid to speak from a position of moral authority.

Aylward praised the fact that fighting the global pandemic continues to be a priority for Germany despite the Ukraine crisis.

First report from June 24th:

The G7 summit in Elmau 2022 begins on Sunday (June 26th).

Then numerous topics are on the agenda of the heads of state of the seven leading industrial nations and democracies in the world.

This year's summit is taking place in Germany, and the federal government has called for a determined fight for more food security in advance.

G7 summit in Elmau 2022: Food security part of the agenda - Federal government calls for a determined fight

Ukraine and Russia are considered the "granaries of the world".

The Ukraine war therefore has far-reaching effects on the global food supply.

Because Russia is blocking the Black Sea ports, important grain deliveries are missing in many parts of the world.

Russia itself has not been a member of the summit since the Crimean invasion in 2014.

A quick solution to the problem of the Black Sea blockade is currently not in sight.

"Russia is deliberately using hunger as a weapon of war and is making the whole world hostage," said Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) about Vladimir Putin's actions.

Experts also believe that military intervention is currently unenforceable.

The German government therefore warned before the G7 summit that the global hunger crisis would worsen and called for a determined fight for food security.

According to Baerbock, around 345 million people are threatened by food shortages due to drought and crop failures caused by climate change and as a result of the corona pandemic.

"But only Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine turned a wave into a tsunami," said the Green politician.

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G7 summit in Elmau 2022: Grain exports from Ukraine - Özdemir for alternative ways

Ukraine actually ships wheat and other grain through the Black Sea ports, with Odessa leading the way.

In view of the stalemate there, Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens) now spoke out in favor of permanent alternative routes for grain exports from Ukraine.

As long as Russia's President Putin is in power, one must assume that the Black Sea is not a safe route.

It would also be a signal to calm down the world markets if larger quantities could be transported away safely.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, capacities on alternative routes are limited and expensive.

Around 20 million tons of grain are currently stored in Ukraine and are in danger of rotting.

Before Russia's war of aggression, Ukraine was exporting about five million tons of grain a month all over the world.

After the start of the war, exports fell to 350,000 tons, but according to the federal government they were back at 1.7 million tons in May.

In the short term, however, there is only limited potential for growth, according to Özdemir.

G7 participants are the countries USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Germany.

For them, there are numerous other topics on the agenda over the two days.

Among other things, it should be about the fair distribution of corona vaccines.

Had more people been vaccinated, 600,000 lives would have been saved, a recent study found.

(dpa/AFP/bme).

Source: merkur

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