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A short history of the G7

President Biden's first G7 Summit as America's President also marks the first time those world leaders have gathered in person since the start of the COVID pandemic. Want to know a little more about the group, and why it exists in the first place? You came to the right place. We're called GZERO, after all!

The G7 actually began as the G6, when the leaders of France, West Germany, the USA, Japan, the UK and Italy met in a Chateau outside of Paris to squabble their way out of an oil shock and financial crisis. They had so much fun they agreed to do it every year. They even let Canada join the party in 1976, making it the G7.

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European allies welcome back a US that is engaged and “loves Europe”: Ivo Daalder

At the G7, President Biden brought American engagement with the world back to levels that used to be the norm. The United States playing an indispensable role in leading the world was never questioned until Donald Trump became president. The question now becomes how long is America back for, asks former US ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder, who also raises the point: "Is the kind of way the United States has engaged the world still the appropriate way for dealing with the challenge we have?" Daalder speaks with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World about Biden's first presidential trip to Europe and the reception he received from European leaders.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Has Biden convinced the G7 "America is back"?

Why ‘America first’ means “America involved”

What's the biggest foreign policy misconception that Americans have about the US's role in the world? According to international relations expert Tom Nichols, too few Americans believe that the US, in fact, has a critical role in the world, and that the things Americans enjoy, from cheap goods to safe streets, are made possible because of American global leadership. "Americans have become so spoiled and inured to the idea that the world is a dangerous place that they don't understand that the seas are navigable because someone makes them that way. They don't understand that peace between the great powers is not simply like the weather, that just happens," Nichols tells Ian Bremmer. Their conversation is featured on an episode of GZERO World, airing on US public television – check local listings.

Watch the episode: Make politics "boring" again: Joe Biden's first 100 Days

Do “resets” really work? The road ahead for the US and Europe

It was a famous moment in Hillary Clinton's time as US Secretary of State—presenting Russia's Foreign Minister with a literal "reset button" as a symbol of a new beginning in diplomatic relations. And right now the same terminology is being used by European leaders and incoming Biden administration advisors, as well. Can there be a new beginning for the US and Europe after four years of the Trump presidency has eroded trust and hastened America's exit from a leading role globally? The short answer is…maybe. GZERO World's Ian Bremmer explains.

Podcast: Can Europe Trust the US – Or Its Own Nations? German Diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger’s View

Listen: The GZERO World podcast examines the current state of transatlantic partnerships between the US and Europe following four years of Trump's presidency, and whether or not the incoming Biden Administration can restore trust that the US is a willing and reliable ally. Ian Bremmer's guest is one of Germany's most accomplished diplomats, Wolfgang Ischinger, who has served as ambassador to both the US and the UK. His new book, World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time, explores the current state of the EU and its place in global affairs as the UK prepares for its "BREXIT" and China looms large in the geopolitical landscape.

Top German diplomat on US-EU relations under Biden: “Curb your enthusiasm”

In a new interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, one of Europe's most accomplished diplomats expressed cautious optimism about the future of the European Union's relationship with the US. Wolfgang Ischinger served as Germany's ambassador to the US and UK, and is currently Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. His new book, World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time, explores the current state of the EU and its place in global affairs as the UK prepares for a "BREXIT" and China looms large in the geopolitical landscape. In this portion of the conversation, Ischinger describes the crisis of trust created by President Trump's approach to transatlantic partners, and warns European leaders that it will take work on both sides of the ocean to restore full multilateral cooperation.

His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World, which begins airing nationally in the US on public television Friday, December 18th. Check local listings.

China's combative nationalists see a world turning their way

December 14, 2020 11:00 AM

It is a long-running theme, but China's success against the pandemic has given it a sharp boost.

Australia approves tough new veto powers over foreign agreements amid China row

December 03, 2020 1:28 PM

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Australia's parliament on Thursday (Dec 3) passed legislation giving the federal government power to veto any agreement struck with foreign states, a move likely to anger China and intensify a bitter diplomatic spat between the two countries.

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