Angela Merkel became the star of the Group of Twenty—but not for her policies or mediating between countries’ leaders.
Germany’s chancellor did make a political impact at the international forum. Bloomberg reported:
With the world’s attention on the German chancellor during her biggest global summit yet, the surprise moment at the 2,100-seat Elbphilharmonie shows both Merkel’s international standing and the risks that come with it. After hosting two days of “difficult” talks, Merkel can claim the credit for avoiding an open break with the U.S. president over trade and keeping the other 19 nations united behind climate goals that Trump has rejected.
However, it was a moment between Merkel and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, that stole the show (and internet users’ hearts).