The G-7 is meeting for the first time in a year, and more than half the participants are new

The 2017 G-7 summit is happening in Italy on Friday, and it will include a largely different group from the one that gathered last year.

Four of the seven participating countries – the US, the UK, France, and Italy – are under new leadership.

Perhaps the most dramatic new face is US President Donald Trump. He may find himself thriving in this environment, according to John Kirton, the director of the G7 Research Group at the University of Toronto.

“It is a forum made for Donald Trump’s particular style,” Kirton told the Associated Press. “It is highly informal, highly interactive, and they speak in very colloquial language to each other. It is the ultimate lonely hearts club. No one understands how tough it is to have the top job except the peers with the top job in other countries.”

Trump may see some pushback from the other heads of state, however, for his contrarian views on climate change and free trade.

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Newly elected US President Donald Trump may find himself as the center of attention.


Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, enjoyed good relationships with many of his G-7 counterparts.


UK Prime Minister Theresa May is also attending her first G-7.

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Trump with May at a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday.
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May took the helm of the UK after David Cameron resigned following the June 2016 Brexit vote.

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Cameron in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Emmanuel Macron is the newest leader, having won the French presidency earlier this month.

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Macron in Paris on May 16.
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Macron replaced Francois Hollande, who declined to seek reelection.

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Hollande delivering a speech on constitutional reform and the fight against terrorism at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris in 2016.
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Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s prime minister, fills out the new faces and is this year’s host for the summit.

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Gentiloni waiting for the arrival of Britain’s Prince Charles at Chigi Palace in Rome on April 5.
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His predecessor, Matteo Renzi, resigned in December following the rejection of his constitutional-reform referendum.

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Renzi leading a news conference in Rome on November 18 to mark 1,000 days in the government.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is attending his second G-7, making him one of the old guard.

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Trudeau at a meeting with members of the China Entrepreneur Club at Willson House in Chelsea, Quebec, on October 18.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel, increasingly seen as one of the defenders of Western democracy, faces an election of her own in Germany this year.

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Merkel addressing the news media in Berlin on December 20.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also be at meeting, the only Asian head of state.

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Abe visiting the Ise Grand Shrine, the holiest site in Japan’s Shinto religion, in Ise, Japan, in 2016.
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REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The two most powerful leaders of the European Union — Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker — will also be in attendance.

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Tusk, left, and Juncker arriving to address a news conference during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels on March 10.
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REUTERS/Francois Lenoir