German Chancellor, centre, at last G-20 Summit.
The Diplomat. 16/06/2017
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has invited Mariano Rajoy and the rest of European leaders of the G-20 to a meeting in Berlin on 29 June, according to information provided to The Diplomat by reliable sources.
This date in the German capital will precede the summit of the G-20 in Hamburg, scheduled for 7 and 8 July. In the beginning, as well as Rajoy, the meeting will be attended by the French president, Emmanuel Macron; the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni; the British Prime Minister, Theresa May; the acting Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte; as well as the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk; and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
The topic chosen by the German president of the G-20 is the following: “Forge an interconnected world”. The leaders will mainly address economic, financial, climate, trade, employment and development policies. Other key matters appearing on the agenda will be migration flows and the fight against terrorism.
The G-20 groups 19 countries and the EU. The members of the G-20 represent more than 80 per cent of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and almost two thirds of the world population. The EU is a full member of the G-20, along with four of its member States: Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Besides, Spain is a permanent guest of the G-20 and the Netherlands are an associate country.