Thousands protest in Germany ahead of G7 summit

Starting in 2022, Germany will assume the rotating presidency of the G7, following the presidency of the United Kingdom.

The members are great powers in global affairs and maintain mutually close political, economic, social, legal, environmental, military, religious, cultural and diplomatic relations.

The leaders of the seven major economic powers — Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Britain, Italy and Japan — were expected to begin arriving in Germany on Saturday night.

This weekend’s agenda includes issues such as the war in Ukraine, climate change, fuels and the looming food security crisis.

“Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine is also having an impact here,” Olaf Scholz said in a video on Saturday, alluding to high food and fuel prices.

Fifteen groups critical of globalization, from the international network Attac to the environmental organization WWF, called on people to participate in protests for this weekend’s summit.

Their demands include phasing out fossil fuels, preserving animal and plant diversity, social justice, and strengthening the fight against hunger.

“My demands for the G7 is that it has a clear commitment to the energy transition, specifically the withdrawal of fossil fuels, of all forms of fossil fuel, by 2035 at least, so that we can stop funding wars and conflicts,” said Kilian Wolter of the environmental group Greenpeace.