Police are firing water cannons at protesters in Hamburg, Germany as the beginning of the G20 summit takes place. Heavy is at the protest and you can watch our live stream above.
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Many fear that the G20 summit could be the end of the United States being a global leader, and protesters are taking the streets of Hamburg, Germany, to promote change in the political realm. Only 11 percent of the citizens in Germany have confidence in President Trump as a global leader, according to a 2017 study by Pew Research Center.
Thousands of protesters are planning to try to disrupt the summit with a protest dubbed “Welcome to Hell,” Reuters reports. According to Reuters, police expect up to 100,000 protesters, with about 8,000 of those believed to be ready to commit violence. There will be about 20,000 police officers, many in riot gear, on hand for the demonstration, Reuters reports. Many shopkeepers and business owners in the area near the protests closed early Thursday and boarded up windows to prevent property damage.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is hosting the 2-day summit, will face off the world’s 20 largest economic powers in her home country along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The summit’s main focus for the last 17 years has been financial stability, for which the United States has always been the main powerhouse. But now financial negotiations will be led by the team of four countries; Germany, the United States, China, and Russia.
Challenges are only rising on global issues as these four countries have many disagreements on North Korea, Ukraine, world trade, mass migration, climate change, and other international affairs.
Merkel will meet Trump on Thursday night to revisit her plans on mass migration in Africa in hopes that the U.S. president will be more flexible in negotiations, along with climate change. Trump has been known to disagree with Merkel on Germany’s trade surplus, and her beliefs on climate change.
Much of the spotlight has been on Trump and Putin’s meeting coming on Friday, but Putin’s spotlight might be overshadowed by Trump’s talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. When North Korea announced that they had successfully tested their first intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday, the White House was very alarmed and may lead to a bitter encounter between Trump and Xi.
Trump wanted China to be harder on North Korea, but after the missile test the trust is sure to vanish; especially after China refused to cut energy supplies to North Korea. Xi will most likely pressure Trump to back off of North Korea, and is confident that the US will not act without his agreement.
However, Xi is a known ally to the German Chancellor Merkel, and has stated in the past that he agrees with her views on climate change and free trade. The world is now watching to see if China is ready to follow in the United States long lived footsteps.