As the prime minister heads for the Biarritz summit, he has no relationship with the other governments and very little trust
For weeks things have been quiet in the summer heat. But in recent days the normal diplomatic back-channelling between London, Brussels, Paris, Berlin and Rome has cranked into gear before the G7 meeting in Biarritz of the world’s most advanced economies.
British officials have been liaising with their EU counterparts on how to get on the right side of the trade war between the US and China, tread a diplomatic fine line over the European-backed Iranian nuclear deal opposed by Donald Trump and get the rhetoric right on the precarious situation in Hong Kong in the presence of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping. “This is a diplomatic quagmire of a G7,” said a European diplomat.
Perhaps those meetings and Biarritz will be a reality check for JohnsonG7 leaders wait nervously for Boris Johnson’s debut on the world stage
As the prime minister heads for the Biarritz summit, he has no relationship with the other governments and very little trustwww.theguardian.com