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European leaders continue to be the champions of globalization!

Apart from occasional arguments, the leaders of the group of 7 stood firm to their belief in a more global and inclusive community, taking on all and every challenge coming their way.

In yet another game of musical chairs, the mother of the group, the queen of the leaders, lost her chair to men. Earlier this month, during the G7 summit in Falmouth, and Cornwall, 7 of the world’s most powerful men and women took to the stage, not only to discuss issues facing their own lands but those facing the developing countries, too.

Apart from occasional arguments, the leaders of the group of 7 stood firm to their belief in a more global and inclusive community, taking on all and every challenge coming their way.

But the occasion of disagreements was by far, the most ground-breaking, literally. With the commencement of the summit, both the European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel brought forth an agenda to work on, in the three days, at the seasides of England.

Among the most vital issues, some were looking into further cumulative funding for Female Education across the African Continent and other such areas, of great tension surrounding women’s rights. Another was the emphasis upon the rising calls to Climate Action. With the earth at 1.5 degrees warmer, than it originally was, President Von Der Leyen gave a stark warning, giving a message of unity, to the rest of the world.

Throughout the course of the three days, a distinct sight at the G7 summit drew the attention of millions around Europe. The elephant in the room, worth addressing, was a woman, given proper protocol, overseeing the process of a world, “building back better”. Her presence, no doubt was an addition to the table, an important, and a cumulative force for the plight of the member states.

Her motherly oversight of the summit, be it the issue of handling the Chinese influence in the region or tackling Boris Johnson’s stance on Northern Ireland, brought balance to the scale of debate.

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Pres. Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission, had an informal, yet strategic position at this year’s “Group of Seven” summit.

The “G8” as some pundits have called her, has put herself in a position from where she can align the interests of her constituency of all 27 member states, with those of the global community, seeking to form a more profitable Europe.

In an exclusive interview, with a local European media outlet Euronews, she noted the G7 group of countries to be independent, and be friendly with one another, hinting at the thankful departure of former U.S. President Trump.

Before departing for the Summit, with EU Council President Charles Michel, she laid out a full plan, outlining the way forward with fellow prosperous economies, while charting methods to reduce child hunger and boost female education amongst poor countries. Her emphasis was establishing the idea of the inclusion of non-G7 elements and addressing their basic needs, with the greatest minds of the world put together.

A 2019 report highlighted the adverse effects of climate change on Brexit. British Independence, as odd as it may sound, brings on the idea of an isolated Britan, with decreasing cold waters, and a decline in off-shore marine life, a harsh diplomatic agenda, for what may be the fight for fish guts, and squid in the days and weeks to come. An estimated 5% of marine life has migrated to other waters, near the Danish and Dutch waters. Another report called for immediate action to bring down over-fishing in such areas, where the fish population is being fought over, and used as armor, for fights to be settled above sea level.

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But what started as the voice for European farmers, soon became the universal flagship message for representatives from Brussels.

The center of all her talking points was the EU. With the departure of the UK from EU membership, the union faces a challenge, one it’s tackled for years. Existence. After Germany, the Uk was the largest contributor to the Schengen economy. With the UK out of the picture, the continent sees itself at crossroads between growth hesitance and democratic destruction, such as that playing out in Minsk.

Considering the BREXIT, and all the drama there, no one actually got a sense of how to divide the union properly, navigating through that doesn’t just bring economic challenges, but also invites security disasters in the region, with communist states, ready to seize on an opportunity any second of any minute of the day.

That is why heading to the NATO Summit, at Brussels, both Michel and Von Der Leyen, hoped to seize on the opportunity to seek Biden’s assistance with pushing back against Johnson’s somewhat nationalist moves.

On the agenda, is a meeting, hopefully with enough chairs to seat all EU Commission and Council Leaders, addressing the “rise of China”, as the official released statement reads, and the “collective defense strategies”, of all Atlantic countries, including Ireland and occupied territories.

On to the NATO Summit in Brussels, beyond the bounds of possibility, a new horizon.

The British Prime Minister noted the importance of holding the G7 in England, to spread the UK’s somewhat obsolete, and old-fashioned values across the world. But these values are meaningless at NATO, where the regional defense will no doubt be chaired by the United States and its European partners.

Clearly, this is a time for the EU to re-define itself, after four years of mistrust. They couldn’t care less about the meeting the US President has with Vladimir Putin. Their only concern is American investment pivoting around reviving a trilateral organization, suffering on its deathbed.
Juan Abbas is a freelance writer for the Daily Times. He tweets at @JuanAbbas. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.