Question of style at the G7 summit in Elmau: Observer sees politician photo "end of an era" come
Created: 2022-06-27Updated: 2022-06-27 13:02
The G7 participants at a press photo on Sunday.
The journalist Matthew Yglesias claims to have recognized the "end of an era" in the picture.
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At the G7 summit in Elmau in 2022, no detail will go unnoticed.
It's not always just about the content, but sometimes also about questions of style.
A photo should now show the "end of an era".
Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Ukraine war, corona pandemic, food security and the climate crisis - never before have there been so many serious issues at a G7 summit.
The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven set the course for the course of the world.
Nevertheless, seemingly insignificant moments of the G7 summit 2022 in Elmau often receive attention.
G7 Summit 2022 in Elmau: The "End of an Era"?
At the last G7 summit in Germany, which also took place at Schloss Elmau, the iconic photo of Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on a bench was particularly memorable.
Just as legendary was the moment when Obama sat on a beer bench, drank wheat beer and Merkel's husband Joachim Sauer taught him how to eat a white sausage with cutlery.
At this year's summit, a question of style became the focus of attention.
Journalist Matthew Yglesias noted in a Twitter post that all seven leaders did not wear a tie at one of the world's most important gatherings.
"It's zero to seven for ties at the G7 summit," Yglesias wrote, adding, "The end of an era."
G7 summit 2022 in Elmau: A turning point in questions of style since the last G7 summit in 2015
EU Council President Donald Tusk, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the G7 Summit 2015. © Michael Kappeler dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Although not at the G7 summit, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was one of the first to appear without a tie on the international political stage.
He often wore a leather jacket or let his shirts hang casually over his pants - he quickly earned the nickname "George Clooney Athens".
That was in 2015, when the last G7 summit took place in Germany.
At the same time, things were much more conservative there.
All male G7 participants - Donald Tusk, Shinzo Abe, Stephen Harper, Barack Obama, François Hollande, David Cameron, Matteo Renzi and Jean-Claude Juncker - wore a tie without exception.
Only the then Chancellor Angela Merkel stood out from the group with her blue blazer.
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In 2022, it was US President Joe Biden who set himself apart from his colleagues with one small detail: "Biden's pocket square is American exceptionalism," said Yglesias.
Another comment below the Twitter post aimed at something more substantial than just questions of style.
"A few years ago there would have been two women in this group," it said.