The G7 of Taormina opens today

Cybersecurity, US-North Korea crisis, Syria war, migrant emergencies and sanctions to Russia are the main issues that will be addressed at the summit of the Taormina G7

The children’s jihadist massacre in Manchester will run the agenda of the G7’s foreign policy in Taormina. Italy, as stated in the page dedicated to the event, aims to “build the foundations of renewed trust” with citizens and asks the Earth’s greats to work to adopt policies that respond to their fears, especially terrorism.

International crises at the center of the G7 summit

But not only. Cybersecurity has been challenged with the mysterious Wannacry ransomware virus, which has hit tens of thousands of companies in a hundred countries around the world undermining international security. Another hot topic that will dominate the G7 summit will be North Korea that has conducted eleven missile tests since the beginning of the year. Only in the past two weeks the Pyongyang regime first launched a missile capable of loading tested nuclear and then medium-range nuclear weapons. Both tests show the progress made by the Kim Jong-un communist regime that in the future could lead to the launch of an intercontinental missile that reaches the American military bases of Alaska and Guam Island. A military action that could lead Trump to opt for a preventive attack on North Korea.

The war in Syria and the immigration emergency

The war in Syria, broke out six years ago, which has caused more than 320,000 deaths and nearly 150,000 dispersed, will be at the center of the international leaders’ talks at the G7. In 2016, 338 attacks were reported in hospitals or outpatient clinics, and nearly 13 million Syrians needed health care. According to UNHCR, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees there is about 5 million people who have fled the war and nearly 3 million have gone to Turkey, while 1.5 million have chosen for Lebanon and 630 000 for Jordan (they say it is 1.4 million). All these people are at the poverty line and look for luck in Europe. The arrival of migrants from North Africa will, on the other hand, be the theme that will be placed at the attention of the Great from Italy. Since the beginning of the year to date, over 45,000 North Africans are deployed on our shores, an increase of 34% over the same period last year. However, Italy does not want to be left alone and wants to combine reception and integration and, in this sense, has solidarity with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the newly-emerging French president Emmanuel Macron. The European Union then “expects” the confirmation of sanctions against Russia for its intervention in Ukraine. After Russia’s exclusion from the G8 in 2014 due to the annexation of the Crimea, at the G7 of Elmau Germany has adopted a hard line until the Minsk agreements will be fully implemented.

G7, between globalization and Trump’s protectionism

From the economic point of view, they will discuss the so-called ‘Trump Trade’, that is, the change of the protectionist relationship between the United States and the rest of the world. The exit from the Tpp, the Trans Pacific partnership, the free trade agreement between twelve Pacific and Asian countries, and the possible breakup of the Paris climate agreement go in that direction. What’s new, however, is the Brexit, whose real impact on the world economy is still unknown. But the real challenge is to talk about the 2030s UN Sustainable Development program, aiming to bring to zero the world hunger by 2030. To achieve this goal, an investment of $ 267 billion a year more than we spend today, or 0.3% of the global GDP should be made. The relationship between technological innovation and production work will be the latest themes of the Italian presidency at the G7. In the Italian government’s guidance, policies in this field will have to “increase productivity and competitiveness through Industry 4.0 and new production models to identify and disseminate new skills and improve welfare systems and labor policies to ensure All Benefit From Digital Revolution “.