'Face like thunder': how the mood turned sour at Trump's first G20

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Anger at US president rejection of Paris climate accord and clashes over Washington’s stance on trade made for a fractious meeting

It was not all rows and rifts. There were moments of convivial relaxation, such as Friday night’s rendition of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 – the official EU anthem – in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall. As they listened, Theresa May and her husband, Philip, sat close to Donald and Melania Trump, and not far from the new French power couple, Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. Afterwards the G20 leaders sat down to turbot, buttered spinach, beef and glazed potato wedges, and a fruit dessert.

But the music night was a rare cultural oasis in the gruelling timetable of the Hamburg G20. The two-day summit, which ended on Saturday, had been pitched as one of the most tense get-togethers of world leaders in many years. It did not disappoint, with America’s president inevitably at the heart of much of the action.

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