G-7 Leaders race to salvage consensus as trade roils summit
by Arne Delfs, Kitty Donaldson & Theophilos Argitis (feat. Colin Robertson)
June 8, 2018
(Bloomberg) -- Leaders from the world’s richest industrialized nations downplayed expectations they will agree on a formal statement at the end of their meeting, as a brewing trade dispute threatens to upend relations between the traditional allies.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the two-day Group of Seven summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it remains uncertain whether the talks will produce a joint communique. Instead, the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, could issue a less-formal chair’s statement.
“I cannot say whether there will be a common statement or just a summary,” Merkel said on Friday.