The unseen tensions at the G-7
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The G-7 gets underway today, and there's plenty on the line (and to talk about).
So, here's what's on tap for Friday in Cornwall: Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson will push for the group to collectively donate 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to developing countries. In the same spirit, Johnson will push for a "climate Marshall Plan" along with broader efforts towards a global economic recovery that reduces inequality. China is about to find out that when you're not at the table, you're on the menu.

Speaking of menus: leaders will be served velvet crab, Dover sole, haggis mousse and pineapple weed (think wild chamomile) by Ugly Butterfly, a service that makes use of discarded food to reduce waste.

A note from the pews: Journalists have found the summit organization to be unusually cumbersome — much of it due to Covid complications, some of it due to cicadas — a Cornwall hotel housing journalists is even shutting down after a Covid outbreak.

Don't worry: we've got you covered.

Everyone's smiling, and Jill Biden literally wore her "LOVE" for Europe, but what are the unseen tensions as leaders arrive in Cornwall to kick-off three days of G-7?

Anita Kumar

White House Correspondent & Associate Editor

Biden is eager for the U.S. to reclaim the mantle of leadership in the world but he will find that much has changed in the last four years. Other countries, primarily European allies, including Britain, France and Germany, have attempted to fill the void the U.S. left on a variety of issues, from holding Iran's nuclear ambitions in check to combating climate change, and they may not be eager to relinquish that power.

Pauline de Saint Remy

Paris Playbook Author

Emmanuel Macron has no intention of relinquishing the role he played when Trump was in power: holding up the walls of a multilateral system abandoned by the United States. During a press conference at the Elysée Palace yesterday, he showed that the trauma of the Trump years is still there, and Europe still intends to guard against the vagaries of American moods .

Ryan Heath
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