David Cameron joins the G7 summit of leading industrialised nations in Bavaria expecting to face a crowded agenda dominated by Ukraine, the Greek bailout and climate change.

The summit host, Angela Merkel, fought hard to try to seal a deal with the Greek government before the summit, but failed, ensuring Barack Obama will want an update on how close Europe is to ending an impasse that still hangs over the world economy.

The summit is being held in the remote Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, and as many as 20,000 police are on patrol in nearby towns to minimise disruption by G7 protesters.

The European Council president, Donald Tusk, and the EU commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, as well as the director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, will be present to update Obama on the state of the bailout talks now not due to reach a climax until the end of the month.

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