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The Guardian view on the global economy: opportunities wasted | Editorial

The G7 summit in Biarritz this weekend will fail to rise to any of its urgent challenges

Rarely has there been more need of collective action on the world’s problems than at the G7 summit hosted by Emmanuel Macron in Biarritz this weekend. Rarely have the chances of success appeared so miserably low. The G7 is supposed to be the forum where the west’s leading nations get to grips with thorny economic and political issues, and even though life has moved on since a previous French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, hosted the first get-together at Rambouillet in 1975, there is plenty to talk about. Three subjects scream out for attention: protectionism, Brexit and the climate emergency.

As in the mid-1970s, the global economy is not in good shape. Growth is slowing and there is a hint of recession in the air. In two G7 members – Germany and the UK – output is falling; in a third, Italy, it is stagnant. Around the world, factories are operating at much less than full capacity.

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How is Boris Johnson’s Britain viewed in other G7 countries? Our panel responds | Roland Kelts and others

As world leaders prepare to meet in Biarritz, writers from Japan, the US, Germany and France give their verdict Continue reading...

Emmanuel Macron tells Boris Johnson any new Brexit deal would have to be very similar to existing one – live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s meeting with the French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris

It seems the Boris Johnson ‘foot on the table’ picture was not all that it seems. According to Sky’s Tom Rayner, Johnson was responding to a jokey suggestion from Emmanuel Macron that the table would work well as a footstool. Johnson put his foot on the table only very fleetingly.

WATCH: Here’s the Reuters video of Boris Johnson putting his foot on the Elysee furniture. It seems President Macron was making small talk suggesting the table would work equally well as a footstool should the PM want to recline, which Johnson then jokingly does

Excellent photograph. What a Rembrandtesque composition: Macron out-alphaed, the scrum in the mirror and the ballerino-like flunky

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Macron tells Johnson Brexit backstop is indispensable

French president tells Boris Johnson he must present concrete proposals for UK exit

Emmanuel Macron has described the Irish backstop as “indispensable” to a Brexit deal and urged Boris Johnson to set out his proposed alternatives as soon as possible, as he met the British prime minister in Paris.

The French president told Johnson on Thursday that the EU would like “visibility” on London’s concrete proposals for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU within a month, echoing language used by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Wednesday.

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Johnson and Macron to hold ‘frank’ Brexit talks in Paris

French observers fear Britain’s PM is setting up France to take blame over no-deal departure

Emmanuel Macron will hold a friendly but “frank” working lunch with Boris Johnson on Thursday after dismissing his request to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement and scrap the Irish backstop as “not an option”.

The French president told reporters on Wednesday night that there was a “British democratic crisis” over Brexit and he was seeking “clarification” from Johnson on his proposals as the 31 October exit date approaches.

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Work resumes at Notre-Dame Cathedral after pause over lead fears

Work resumes at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris after pause over lead fears

European markets rattled as global recession fears linger

Index of Britain’s top 100 firms at six-month low and oil prices fall 3% to below $58 a barrel

Stock markets in Europe extended their losing streak on Thursday and oil prices fell 3% to below $58 a barrel as mounting recession concerns continued to hit investor confidence.

The index of Britain’s top 100 firms dropped more than 1% to hit a six-month low and and stock markets in continental Europe also dipped in response to investors channelling their funds into financial safe havens. However, US stocks staged a modest recovery after heavy sell-offs on Wednesday.

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