There are still two days before the G20 summit begins in Hamburg, Germany and protesters are already taking the streets. Tensions are expected to rise around the summit as the host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is making climate change and migration some of the main subjects of the event.
Leaders of the world’s most industrialized and emerging economies are gathering, including President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This will be President Trump’s first visit to Germany and meeting with Putin since being elected president.
The meeting on Friday, between Putin and Trump has taken much of the G20 summit’s spotlight in hopes that the two presidents can find common ground on issues such as Syria.
The G20 group accounts for 85 percent of the world’s GDP and two-thirds of it’s population. Most G20 business takes place in informal meetings, and 17 years ago when the summit started only finance ministers and central bank governors were in attendance.
Now that Merkel and Trump have had previous disagreements on trade, along with other subjects, tensions are expected to be high on the streets of Hamburg with protesters and among those inside of the summit.