There is a long history of good relations with Canada, but that is not enough to become a preferred partner for an aspirant second China.
This is maybe the fourth year of discussions on tax evasion and perhaps the eighth year on new rules to control the mega-banks that led to the global crisis. On each, progress is glacial.
Development co-operation is an inherently risky game, and the new minister should be told that being bold is essential.
One-time liberal voices amongst Western donors, like Canada, were almost as defensive on increasing aid volume as traditional misers.
Ms. Merkel as chair tried, but largely failed, to get her colleagues to focus on the cycle of key global events where real leadership is essential.
While Ukraine will grab attention at this week’s summit, leaders can’t forget the still-stumbling economy.
The G7 voice will be just one amongst equals in global decision-making. Eventually it may wither away.