Angela Merkel has said there is no political environment for the G8 as G7 gathers in the Hague and discuss the Ukraine crisis.
Global economic woes and China's claims to the South China Sea have set the tone at the G7 summit in Japan. Overshadowing the annual event is a planned visit to Hiroshima by US President Barack Obama.
Top diplomats from Russia and the US have failed to reach a deal to curb fighting in Syria following talks on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in China. The Ukraine conflict has also surfaced in discussions at the forum.
There's much to discuss at the G7 summit in Japan, as worldwide crises mount and tensions with Russia and China heighten. DW's Michaela Küfner says the leaders are going to have to do more than just smile for the camera.
Hosting the G7 meeting, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed for a joint multi-billion-dollar investment program to fuel the economy in the leading industrialized nations. DW's Christoph Kober reports.
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