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Defence and free market at stake

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“The world first” should be the slogan of the G7 meeting under the Etna volcano. It’s a world that has become much bigger since the first summit in 1975.

Then the leaders of the seven largest advanced economies gather in Taormina at the end of May, the anti-globalization movement will have a seat at the table for the first time since the informal get-together commenced 42 years ago. And their unlikely representative will be none other than Donald J. Trump, the president of the United States of America. Protectionism, anti-free trade, proeconomic nationalism and hostility towards NATO are just a few of the political values that are shared by the anti-globalisation movement and the new US president.

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