Op-Ed: A G7 two-day summit is scheduled for June 7-8. It will be held Schloss Elmau, Germany, amid tight security. Money will be no object.
A handful of leaders from the EU and beyond will meet to blow a lot of hot air, indirectly and directly manipulate the lives of us all and have a 'jolly' into the bargain.
As creditors insist on more Greek pain before they release final payments to that troubled country the obscenity of 21st Century life is there for all to see.
In a week when corruption at Fifa involving massive amounts of money has made headline news the trickle-down effect is truly busted. A few continue to get rich beyond compare while much of the world spirals into debt and despair.
This week protesters hit the streets of Germany ahead of the G7 summit.
"The G7 politics means neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and [shutting out] refugees,” the group Stop G7 Elmau 2015 wrote on its website. Protesters marched through Munich while carrying signs reading: “The world is not a commodity,” and “Stop TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)” reported Russia Today. "Some wore masks depicted the faces of G7 leaders while holding an “Even it up – Time to end extreme inequality” banner."
Russia is excluded from any G7 meets pushed into the corner of the room like a naughty school child. The G8 is lost until such time as Russia fully exits the Ukraine and meets other demands by the seven remaining countries led by the USA.
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States will meet but the elephant in the room will be Russia.
Would it have been better to keep Russia in the fold? Surely if debate is possible inclusion is the only way. But has Russia overstepped the mark? If it has there are few alternatives available to get them to toe the line apart from military muscle flexing and sanctions. The final solution would of course be full-scale war but who wants that? War solves nothing in real terms.
Instead a great deal of money is being spent on NATO military exercises close to Russia designed to intimidate, threaten or show readiness. Russia plays the same game and earlier this week tit-for-tat sanctions resulted in former UK deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat, being banned from entering Russia along with 89 other senior figures.