Sunday 20 August 2017

Week 27: Determined Merkel to host a tense G20

Demonstrators against the G20 Summit stand on stage wearing masks depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: AP
Demonstrators against the G20 Summit stand on stage wearing masks depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: AP

Ellie Donnelly

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host fellow world leaders in Hamburg this week, at a G20 summit unusually scheduled for the centre of a busy city.

On the policy side, Mrs Merkel, as host, is said to be determined not to surrender too much ground to US President Donald Trump on climate change, trade and migration.

In the background, central bankers' shift away from loose money will bubble away, and there could well be clashes - real as well as metaphorical - outside the event.

The German government is reversing recent practice by not holding the event in an isolated luxury resort, partly to show the world that big protests are tolerated in a healthy democracy.

On the home front, the CSO reports on monthly unemployment figures for June and Live Register figures are due later in the week.

Wednesday sees the release of industrial production and services data for May, and the CSO has produced an 'Age Profile of Ireland', based on last year's census, and it will be published on Thursday.

In a slow week for corporate results, C&C will hold its AGM on Thursday.

Irish Independent

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