Now it's on to Hamburg, and, to no one's surprise, the anticapitalist riots are already underway. The big question is whether Trump's economic message will be protectionist or more inclined toward a free-market view. If it's the former, it takes a bit of wind out of the rioters' sails, given that their bogeyman is "globalism", just as it is for the populists who comprise DJT's slavishly devoted base.
There's also sure to be a demonstration of consternation on the part of several G20 leaders about the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords. Too bad. They'd be wise to pull out as well, and throw off the economic burden it imposes.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Modi has been in Israel. During his visit, the two countries signed agreements to deepen ties in such areas as defense, science, technology and agriculture. The Palestinian Authority feels snubbed, but given that Modi is clearly seeking economic partners dedicated to actual advancement, what do the Palis have to offer?
But back to Europe, all eyes are on the face-to-face meeting between Trump and Putin. For once, this might make for a useful application of DJT's squirm-inducing bluntness, given what Russia just did at the UN:
Everybody understands the urgency of this situation - even Russia, despite its lone "assessment" that the missile was only intermediate-range, which goes to show just how cold the motives driving Russia's foreign policy are.
It's not like the Security Council was going to make a "heavy move," to empty a bit of Squirrel-Hair parlance, anyway. There would have been a new round of sanctions, but it would have had zero effect in terms of deterrence.
It seems that the grinning, chubby despot of a small parcel of northeast Asia, who never gets invited anywhere, has frozen the world's heavy hitters in their tracks.
Prediction: Events unfolding from those discussed above are going to be even more interesting.