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Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Adawa, arrive for the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).

Is the G-20 Heading for a Showdown With Trump on Climate Change?

, Monday, May 21, 2018

Presiding over the Group of 20 seemed like a good idea back in 2016, when Argentina outmaneuvered India for this year’s presidency. The rotating leadership gig was supposed to showcase Argentina’s political and economic transformation after years of international isolation and scandal at home, and offer a chance at global leadership. Instead, largely as a result of jolting policy changes in the United States under President Donald Trump, Argentine President Mauricio Macri landed a burdensome assignment.

So far, the G-20 warm-up meetings ahead of the November Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires have not rocked the influential forum, whose members represent 85 percent of global economic activity. But there are low expectations for the November summit, which requires consensus among member states to get anything done. In particular, the Trump administration’s protectionist trade policies have raised fears of ugly clashes in Argentina. ...

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