G20 summit shows the U.S.’ decline as a global superpower

The U.S. delegation, led by Donald Trump, did not live up to the expectations and, on the contrary, showed a demise of the U.S.' role as a global leader at the G20 summit in Hamburg on 7 - 8 July, as it withdrew from the Paris climate agreement and failed to mobilise other states against the North Korean (DPRK) threat.

The refusal of the Paris climate agreement left the U.S. out of one of the main global agendas. Moreover, Trump did not manage to unite the participating states, lead an initiative against the DPRK's aggressive politics, and failed to force Russia and China to strengthen their approach towards DPRK’s nuclear missile programme. The condemnation of its latest missile test from 4 July was disputed by Russia and China at a UN Security Council session. This failure could be perceived as a sign of weakness by some states and can certainly help the further decline of U.S. power in foreign affairs. However, not only the U.S. leader was unsuccessful, the European leaders, although trying to broaden their cooperation, are divided on many crucial issues, for example in the migration crisis, economic aid to developing countries or the topic of free market.

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