Confused scene: Merkel makes embarrassing faux pas at the start of the G7 summit

Newquay –

There has seldom been so much holiday mood on the international stage: the G7 heads of state and government met in person on Friday (June 11, 2021) for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic in front of the picturesque backdrop of the south-west English holiday region of Cornwall. In such a relaxed atmosphere, Chancellor Angela Merkel made a real faux pas right from the start.

  • G7 summit: Angela Merkel makes faux pas
  • G7 summit: heads of government discuss important international issues
  • The meeting is dominated by the corona pandemic

When the Chancellor got off the plane in Newquay, UK, she naturally grabbed the hand of her counterpart (see video after this paragraph). A firm handshake as a greeting – as you know it … or better: knew …

Because since the beginning of the corona pandemic, shaking hands has been dispensed with everywhere for reasons of hygiene. After one and a half years of Corona, the scene now seems strange to observers.

The term AHAL rules (or AHA + L + A) should meanwhile be familiar to everyone. A stands for distance, H for hygiene, A for everyday life with a mask and L for ventilation. The third A refers to the Corona warning app.

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And so it only took a few moments before Angela Merkel was made aware of her mishap. The Chancellor reacted promptly and immediately refrained from further handshakes.

And in the further course of the day, she remained exemplary at a distance. Photos of the welcome by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson show the heads of government doing a relaxed elbow check.

How to do it right: Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson will greet each other on June 11, 2021 in Cornwall with an elbow check.

G7 meet in Cornwall, England: the big topic is the corona pandemic

The G7 group of Western economic powers continues its summit in Cornwall, England on Saturday with discussions on economic issues, health and foreign policy. The central topic is likely to be the fight against pandemics. The G7 wants to donate a billion doses of vaccine to poorer countries to help fight the pandemic.

There is also likely to be the question of whether to suspend patent protection for vaccines in order to encourage vaccine production in developing countries. The US government had started the discussion about it. Chancellor Angela Merkel is resisting the proposal.

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The G7 includes the USA, Great Britain and Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada. Australia, South Korea, South Africa and India will also be participating as host countries from Saturday afternoon. Due to the tense pandemic situation in the country, the Indian delegation only takes part virtually.

It is the first G7 summit with the new US President Joe Biden and the last with Merkel. The deliberations should end on Sunday with a final declaration. (so, afp, dpa)

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