This week saw the historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore. The summit, which had been cancelled, delayed and negotiated through oversized envelopes during the run-up, appeared to go well. There was a vague commitment to de-nuclearise the Korean peninsula, albeit with little substance to the document itself. Although it will be some time before we see if the agreement has any teeth, this is still probably Donald Trump’s finest hour; the world is safer now than it was this time last week, and that is quite an accomplishment from this president.
Elsewhere, in what was decidedly not his finest hour, Donald Trump did major damage to the Western alliance at the G7 summit, which culminated in a public spat with Canada and a refusal to sign even the blandest of communiqué. Additionally, the US announced a further $50bn of tariffs on China on Friday. With Trump burning bridges both east and west, he needs his negotiations with North Korea to go well. They may end up being his largest trading partner.
Read what the team at FE consider to be significant over the current week.