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June 26


Germany hosts G7 summit with major aid package for Ukraine expected

Chancellor Olaf Scholz hosts leaders from the Group of Seven economic powers to the annual summit of the group in Schloss Elmau, in the Bavarian Alps, where a big aid package for Ukraine is expected to be decided. Senegal, South Africa, India and Indonesia are invited as guest countries.

The leaders of the world's seven most advanced economies unveiled their Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative at the 2021 summit in Britain, a plan to help narrow the $40 trillion needed by developing nations by 2035. Then German chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for the presentation of the first infrastructure projects in developing countries in 2022.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, G7 host in 2021, called on the leaders to make concrete commitments to vaccinate the entire world against coronavirus by the end of 2022 and for concrete climate change mitigation efforts. The leaders’ communiqué spelled out a shared G7 plan to achieve these goals, plus reforms to the trading system and the establishment "a fairer global tax system that reverses the race to the bottom."

A hundred and thirty six countries agreed in Oct 2021 to enforce a corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent and a fairer system of taxing profits where they are earned. The deal is designed to ensure big companies pay a fairer share of tax.

The G7 groups the top developed economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

#24081 Published: May 23, 2022

June 27-July 10


2022 a good year for Britain at Wimbledon tennis tournament?

The 2022 Wimbledon Tennis Championship opens with the host country hopeful of good results after the recent successes of two Britons, Cameron Norrie and Emma Raducanu. It opens at a site that is slated for a controversial expansion.

Novak Djokovic is the defending Men’s Singles champion, and Ashleigh Barty, who retired from the sport in March 2022, holds the Women’s Singles title.

Norrie became the top-ranked British male player after clinching the Indian Wells Masters title in California in October 2021. Emma Raducanu is the reigning British No. 1 after winning the U.S. Open Women’s Singles title in September.

The All England Club wants to triple the size of its premises and construct 39 new courts, one of which will have an 8,000-seat stadium. The Guardian reports that the plan has not gone down well with local communities.

#24040 Published: June 8, 2022

June 29-30


NATO summit to outline new Strategic Concept

NATO’s new Strategic Concept – the alliance’s fundamental political guideline – will be renewed at the Madrid summit for the first time since 2010. It is expected to mark the end of the post-Cold War era in Europe.

The Concept, is described in the 2021 Brussels Summit Communique as "a transatlantic agenda for the future." It will be negotiated and agreed by the Council in Permanent Session and endorsed by NATO Leaders at the Madrid summit.

The communiqué listed "the rise of China as a world power and possible threat to the western democracies" as an urgent issue, and it outlined moves to improve cyber defences as a matter of priority. The many indictments against Russian actions in neighbouring countries and in cyberspace illustrated the Alliance’s view that the country remains a foe.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who took office in 2014, is leaving office. There is speculation that his replacement might be a woman. Politico sees former presidents Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović of Croatia and Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania; and current Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid as front runners.

#24030 Published: May 23, 2022

June or July


Supreme Court rules on 1973 abortion decision

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on a Mississippi law that would bar abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, even in cases of rape or incest. Anti-abortion campaigners hope the current ideological makeup of the Court has created a way to overturn its Roe v Wade decision of 1973, and their hopes were boosted when an initial draft of the Court’s ruling was leaked in early May 2022.

The Court, reshaped by three appointments under former President Donald Trump, has been called the most conservative-leaning in modern U.S. history.

Lawyers defending the Mississippi law have asked the court to overturn two previous landmark decisions regarding abortion. The 1973 decision gave women in the U.S. an absolute right to an abortion in the first three months of pregnancy, and limited rights in the second trimester. A second in 1992 added restrictions, but did not overturn it.

The BBC notes that both sides of the debate regard the presents case, known as Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, as an all-or-nothing fight over abortion rights.

#24110 Published: May 23, 2022