President Joe Biden arrived in Germany on Saturday to attend a G-7 summit with leaders of key U.S. allies to discuss their united front against Russia and the alarming weakness of the global economy.

Biden flew from Washington to Munich, then boarded a Marine One helicopter for a short flight to a spot on top, the Schloss Elmau. His first talks during his three-day stay will be with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Sunday.

The leaders of seven wealthy democracies: the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan will meet in a luxurious castle in the German Alps.

Then they all head to Madrid for the NATO summit.

FILE: NGO activists ONE, in masks depicting G-7 leaders, are protesting against the G-7 summit to be held at the nearby Bavarian alpine resort hotel Elmau Castle, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Both sessions will be held in the shadow of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as the global surge in inflation, fear of recession and the ever-growing problem of deterring China, avoiding open conflict.

Biden has received widespread praise for restoring U.S. leadership in its European and Asian alliances. In response, in particular, Russia had a strong transatlantic unity, both for the armament of the Ukrainians and for the imposition of powerful economic sanctions against Moscow.

But Biden, like several European leaders, is facing pressure at home because of the effects of sanctions, which have helped raise fuel prices by imposing a severe hurdle on the economy coming out of the COVID-19 stop.

Biden is also burdened at home by a tense political situation ahead of the November midterm elections, which will result in Republicans regaining control of Congress for the next two years.

The Supreme Court ruling on Friday to end decades of federal protection of access to abortion opened a new battlefield, and Biden urged voters to make it a key issue in November.

He returned to the issue on Saturday before leaving for Europe, saying the Supreme Court had made a “shocking decision”.

“I know how painful and devastating this decision is for so many Americans,” he said.

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