that we could not reach consensus,
but the differences were not papered over,
they were clearly stated."
BBC News, Jul 8,
Storm clouds have been brewing over economics, trade, and security, and these threatened to open with a deluge of resentment and threat. As proceedings continued, a general sense did eek through discussions:
Opening shots suggesting this discord came from Jean-Claude Juncker, who described the EU as being in "elevated battle mood" at the U.S. slide towards protectionism, notably on promises to protect the steel industry.
Germany's Angela Merkel has also expressed concern on several fronts.
Prior to the summit, she insisted that U.S. departure from the Paris climate accord made Germany, and the EU,
By virtue of
circumstance, she has become the anti-Trump alternative, drawing
enthusiastic moths to her veteran flame.
A survey from Vox was a gaze-and-a-half.
Emmanuel Macron of
France and Justin Trudeau of Canada gave "adoring" treatment
to the German Chancellor. Putin "mansplained" himself, causing
Merkel's eyes to "roll". 
Trump gave journalists the usual serving:
He then claimed it was,
Such results were two-fold:
The leaders have been engaged in a shadow play, with Trump's admiration for Putin tempered by the necessities of imperial disapproval from establishment hacks.
On Thursday, the U.S.
president insisted that Russia was a destabilizing force and testing
the resolve of the Western powers.
Sounding like a heavily scripted necessity, Trump suggested Russia,
When things did get down to the matter of business, an often sterile affair notable for what it omits, the G20 Leaders' Declaration, optimistically claiming to shape "an interconnected world" suggested much in the way of disconnection.
Old canards, albeit shaken ones, persist.
There were the usual nostrums: globalization had to be shared in its benefits, though this has slowed; markets had to be kept open (a poke at protectionism), though there was recognition,
But just to emphasize how things have nudged, of only a little, away from the obsession with open markets, the communiqué did note that states had a right to protect their own markets.
How that objective fits
within the religion of free trade is more than problematic.
Yes, the members remained "collectively committed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions" through a range of technologies using clean, efficient energy.
But the elephant in the room did get described:
The reaction, one couched in a diplomatic slap, was that the,
On the ground, protesters were keeping the authorities busy.
The agendas there were standard ones, but have been given a certain punchiness since 2016. Figuring prominently in the gallery of detested subjects:
Such points were
expressed through looting, setting fire to vehicles, and violent
encounters with the police.
Trump was pleased enough:
How flattering for the
otherwise toothless anarchists.