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BRICS seek consensus, G7 grits its teeth

The BRICS summit was held largely virtual (June 23)
The G7 heads of government met in person in Elmau, Bavaria (June 28)

Final declarations of summit meetings have a special significance. While politicians of individual nations can adopt their positions more freely, a consensus must be found in the final declarations of a group of nations. Views have to be negotiated and are therefore more balanced, robust and closer to reality than national positions.

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