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President Biden poses for a selfie with first responders who joined world leaders on Saturday for the traditional family photo at the G-20 summit in Rome.

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The G-20 meets for the first time since the pandemic: NPR

President Biden poses for a selfie with first responders who joined world leaders on Saturday for the traditional family photo at the G-20 summit in Rome.

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It has been a few years since world leaders have been able to meet at the G-20. And like most gatherings since the COVID-19 pandemic, there were tough times in Rome on Saturday as people tried to figure out when to wear masks, whether to shake hands and how far away they had to come closer.

Each leader walked the red carpet to La Nuvola, the convention center named after a cloud-like structure floating inside, towards Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Canadian Justin Trudeau bowed slightly from the waist as he greeted the host. Indian Narendra Modi hugged himself. German Angela Merkel stuck with a punch. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez forgot to take off his mask for the photo, until Draghi nudged him.

The G-20 meets for the first time since the pandemic: NPR

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi greets World Trade Organization Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as she arrives for the G-20 summit.

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi greets World Trade Organization Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as she arrives for the G-20 summit.

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Draghi has invited a group of first responders dressed in white coats and uniforms to join in the traditional “family photo” held at the start of each summit – a symbol of the central issue the leaders will address.

“I would like to say that it is great to see you all here after some difficult years for the global community. The pandemic has separated us, as it has with all of our citizens,” Draghi told other leaders. . before the cameras were kicked out of the room.

“We can finally look to the future with great – or with some – optimism,” he said.

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President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold talks ahead of the opening session of the G-20 summit.

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President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold talks ahead of the opening session of the G-20 summit.

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A new global minimum tax for corporations

G-20 leaders are set to officially approve a new global minimum corporate tax of 15%, a measure aimed at cracking down on tax havens. “We have reached a historic agreement for a fairer and more equitable tax system,” Draghi said as he opened the summit.

For the United States, the White House estimates it could bring in $ 60 billion in revenue a year, and it’s part of what Biden and Democrats hope to help fund new spending on social programs and climate action. Of course, Congress will have to pass this package first – which includes new tax measures like this.

Chinese and Russian leaders stayed at home

Not everyone made the trip to Rome. Chinese Xi Jinping is not traveling outside the country during COVID, and Russian Vladimir Putin has not left his home either.

“I think you will see the United States and Europe at the forefront of this G-20 as we deal with the fact that neither the leaders of Russia nor of China will be in the room,” Jake said. Sullivan, National Security Advisor to President Biden. , speaking to Air Force One reporters on their way to Italy. “This dynamic will be interesting to see unfold.”

Biden plans to meet on the sidelines of the summit with Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to compare their notes on Iran’s nuclear program later in the day.



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