Chair had a see-through dress, didn’t recognize China
South Africa will be late due to a “ dire carrot crisis”
Fruitful debate in the G20
The Group of 20 spent the afternoon productively, discussing controversial new ideas for trade policies. The members split up in smaller groups in order to come up with concrete proposals. An interesting alliance was built between Russia and the US, who – amongst other things – agreed that there was a need to improve workers’ rights through trade agreements. But no worries, they convincingly reassured everyone: “no collusion.” India had a seemingly indefinite need to discuss the issue of better exchange of medication, up to the point where it was possible to tell that some members were getting very tired of the debate. Other measures, on the other hand, such as a loosening of the patent copy right, were, surprisingly quickly agreed upon. Noticeably, Angela Merkel said very little all day. We from Fox news, however, think that this must be a sign that she finally has come around and now agrees with Trump’s valuable ideas when it comes to trade. He is, after all, the real business man.
Despite the fundamentally different approaches the states have, the atmosphere is positive. There was, for instance, general amusement (and many memes) about the Argentinian head of government, who had been snacking on carrots all day. Towards the end of the last session, there was a moment of real talk from the first chair: “I don’t ever see us reaching any other agenda points.” Hence, the chairs proposed to get up early tomorrow, sober up together after tonight’s ball, and get a head start on reaching final consensus. In case this happens – Fox news will be there.
Fox news, Amelie Ohler
G20 moves on from point 1 out of 10: still no final agreement
The G20 has taken a long overdue step forward: After Saturday’s the first session, the Members have agreed to move on from their first point of the agenda: institutional changes within the WTO. Debating once again whether there was the need for a “watchdog” within the WTO to supervise the Dispute Settlement System, the Chair pointed out that having discussed this point for almost six hours, it may be time to “remember that we are here to get things done, and not to have useless debates.” Generally, it can be observed that the facilitator is not shy to point out his opinion, also for instance when congratulating India on “for once, making a very good point.”
Subsequently, a rather short discussion emerged on how to support developing countries when trying to award them a better chance competing in global trade – within the WTO framework. The issue of potentially changing the threshold of being considered a “developing country” turned out to be – not surprisingly – an incredibly sensitive topic. Some members of the G20 , such as “poor” China and Russia, are at risk of losing this economically beneficial status. Throughout the debate, Mr. Trump has once again proven: he simply has the best words. Quoting both Aristoteles and Buddha in one sentence, he proposes to “ in the golden spirit, find a middle point between the two extreme approaches.” All further discussion regarding the matter was, however, consequently postponed to the end of the day.
Meanwhile, the G20 moved on to more relevant topics, at least for the US: Trade policies, protectionism and the significance of furthering development through trade. Mr. Trump has put forward a few bold ideas, such as legalizing genetically modified organisms. Many members see a need to discuss Tariffs. Some, e.g. Brazil, would like to engage in a debate on how more sustainability can be reached through requirements for trade agreements. Strong disagreement can be expected. But do not worry: Fox news will keep you posted.
Amelie Ohler, reporting for Fox News
Has Putin’s mood changed?
Friday’s second G20 session starts with 11 out of 20 heads of state being physically present, while most are more involved than Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo, who is concerned with his empty stomach going to be filled sometime soon.
After the first ten minutes were taken up by an intense discussion about seating arrangements and who made which meme during lunch break, negotiations over the agenda were continued. While most of the topics have been agreed upon in the past hours, infrastructure as a main point seems to be the most dividing. Hours pass until China, South Africa, Indonesia and India are on the same page about only in which order the topics should be discussed.
More striking to the US, however, is the agenda point ‘International Business related to Cybersecurity’. We at Fox News believe, for obvious reasons, that this should be covered on an international level in order to protect American data from outside attacks. Trump represents our national interests convincingly, dealing with attacks by China’s president Xi Jinping. On a more surprising note is, that Putin jumps in acting as a mediator between Jinping and Trump and manages to find a compromise. Those compromises however, are only found for the agenda, not the actual discussion.
At 12 mid-day the Group of 20 finally decides on a detailed agenda. There is a strong risk of time running out before all agenda points will be covered. However, Trump and his skills in negotiations can be trusted to represent the American people in the G20 negotiations. Fox News will keep you updated regarding American interests in the upcoming negotiations.
By Julia Hönnecke, Fox News
Get your creative juices flowing in G20
Agenda-setting has been dealt with and the Heads of State finally moved on to actual content. However, the discussion is strongly hindered by our very own President. While the vast majority of states agree on general institutional reforms of the WTO, G20’s first agenda point, Trump dives into his personal agenda taking up important negotiation time.
Trump’s reply to South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa sounds made up, but sadly it is not:
‘Alright, your position is nice, but I really do not care what you think on this topic. I am Trump, we are America, and this is how it is going to be done.’
5 minutes later:
China: ‘But Mister Trump, don’t you think this would add important value to the WTO?’
Trump: ‘This is not how we do it America.’
Dear Mister Trump, the New York Times is still waiting for content we haven’t heard from you. Or just content, generally would be very acceptably. One might wonder if Trump has ever heard the word no before. Well, if he hasn’t yet, he will for sure do so in this weekend’s G20 conference.
Meanwhile, G20’s chairs play an important role in guiding our president towards a more socially acceptable, compromise-seeking approach:
‘We led you (Trump) go on for 15 minutes about a topic that isn’t actually a big part of the discussion. Let us go to lunch, there is a general ‘Hangryness’ taking over the room. After lunch we are nice and smart again and we will get our creative juices flowing.’
By Julia Hönnecke, New York Times
The saga of the agenda
It was an early morning start for the discussions in the G20 with certain Heads of State seemingly enjoying last night’s celebrations a bit too much. The agenda was still the main point of discussion for this morning’s proceedings. President Trump continued yesterday’s strong stance in the negotiations but this time his attention turned to the infamous Russia. This was particularly noticeable when the topic of sanctions was brought forward by Russia, who implied that the U.S. was unfairly punishing them. The President strongly defended America’s values, correctly arguing that sanctions are a purely bilateral matter and are not up for a discussion at this time.
There were some controversial comments made by China, when they stated that human rights are a sovereign issue, which contradicts the Declaration of Human Rights signed by all present states. There was even some irony when China claimed that “we all adhere to human rights”, something that their labour force might disagree with if they were allowed the same freedom of expression as we have here in the U.S.
The ongoing discussions about the agenda for the weekends negotiations appear to be taking over the actual negotiations. These G20 negotiations will mainly be about the WTO. The members are enjoying making multiple sub-points for this heated point. However, the chairs are trying to restrain the members love for a fully formed agenda, that could destroy any other form of categorisation.
By Dan Edwards, Fox News
The beginning of 2019s EuroMun saw a large amount of procedural discussion for the G20. This is, of course, natural because the G20 is not strictly speaking an international organisation and therefore the Secretariat does not have any enforceable powers.
Consequently, logistical problems were the main point of contention in an otherwise very respectful discussion, which is something that does not happen all of the time. There were various discussions points: trade war and tariffs, sanctions and environmental protection etc. However, the main discussion point of this weekend will be about the World Trade Organisation. President Trump took a strong approach to these preliminary discussions, protecting American interests. He stated that “many countries in the world are taking advantage of us [USA]”. The President was sat next to President Xi of China, setting the stage for some tense talks surrounding the subject of trade wars. During these discussions, there were some humorous moments with the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, stating that his country was in deep trouble by saying an Argentinian phrase about being in an oven with chips.
One other member suggested jazz hands for identifying who wants to speak. However, what is clear from today’s proceedings is that there will be many fruitful and possibly combative discussions this weekend and President Trump will, seemingly, stamp down the U.S.A.’s positions on the world stage.
Dan Edwards, from Fox News