Government leaders of the influential Group of 7 (G7) gathered June 26 to 28. They have met, talked and worked on policies at the elegant Schloss Elmau, in picturesque Bavaria Germany.

Naturally, taxpayers of the nations involved foot the sizable bills for these big shots. Is this an outrage? Not at all, because these meetings are important to global peace.

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Arthur I. Cyr is Clausen Distinguished Professor at Carthage College and author of “After the Cold War” (NYU Press and Macmillan). Readers can wrote to him at acyr@carthage.edu.

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