- It promises to be a long night in Hamburg. But we are going to leave you now and will resume posting frequent updates on the G-20 summit again tomorrow morning. We look forward to welcoming you back to our live coverage then. Good night.
- The meeting between Chancellor Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come to an end. They met for an hour and discussed, according to a German government spokesperson, "the G-20 agenda, the EU-Turkey refugee agreement and controversial and cooperative elements of the current German-Turkish relationship."
- "That was certainly not consistent with the law," Matthias Wisbar, from emergency legal services told SPIEGEL ONLINE reporter Heike Klovert in reference to the police operation against the "Welcome to Hell" demonstration in Hamburg. "According to numerous witness reports, the violence was not started by the demonstrators," he says. Wisbar says his service is receiving a huge number of calls from people who were injured or arrested. Emergency legal services has 100 lawyers on standby to assist demonstrators during the G-20 summit.
- Today's demonstration in the center of Hamburg will likely be the last. A Hamburg court has upheld the city's rejection of several additional demonstrations and events that had sought permits to march in the Hamburg city center on Friday. The ruling came after the globalization skeptics from Attac had challenged city officials' decision to not allow the protests.
- At a press conference marking her arrival at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed optimism that a solution could be found on climate protection. The role of a host, she said, is to seek out compromises. She also stated she did not view herself to be a mediator between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel plans to meet with Trump for a pre-summit tete-a-tete this evening at Hamburg's Atlantic Hotel.
- "Welcome to Hell," the anti-G-20 protest that Hamburg police have been worrying about the most, has started. Police estimate that 400 demonstrators have already gathered at the starting point at Hamburg's Fischmarkt, a historical fish market, with crowds growing steadily. Protest organizers are complaining about the presence of two water cannons. The actual protest march through the city is expected to begin at 7 p.m., with the presence of as many as 10,000 members of the left-wing autonomous movement. Police believe up to 8,000 have the potential to get violent. For now, though, they are only expressing nausea. "G20 makes me want to puke," reads this sign.
- The organizers of Thursday's "Welcome to Hell" G-20 protest are accusing Hamburg police of attempting to criminalize the demonstration even before it had begun by claiming that weapons and weapon-like objects have been seized, SPIEGEL ONLINE reporter Nicolai Kwasniewski is reporting. Organizers say they want to make clear that anyone who plans to bring a G-20 summit to this city must assume there will be serious resistance. But organizers are also saying they "will not start street battles." "And if the police don't exploit advantage of every masked (protester) and a firecracker here and there to escalate the situation, then the protest will end peacefully." Then, organizers, say, the police will be able to say there were no serious disruptions. "Welcome to Hell" is slated to begin in 30 minutes.
- Andreas Blechschmidt of the leftist cultural center Rote Flora is accusing Hamburg authorities of conducting a "massive campaign" against protesters in the city. Blechschmidt was responsible for registering today's
Andreas Blechschmidt of the leftist cultural center Rote Flora is accusing Hamburg authorities of conducting a "massive campaign" against protesters in the city. Blechschmidt was respondible for registering today's "Welcome to Hell" anti-G-20 protest, which is set to begin at Hamburg's Fischmarket at 4 p.m.
"The alliance I represent has been the subject of a massive and denunciatory stigmatization, with baseless and entirely fabricated scenarios of violence," Blechschmidt says. He says the administrative authority responsible issued permits for the protests without any conditions pertaining to public security and that no other protest group has been allowed in its permit to get closer to the congress center where the G-20 summit will be held than his.
Hamburg police are estimating that as many as 8,000 protesters -- from Germany and abroad -- may be prepared to resort to violence at today's demonstration. Organizers expect as many as 10,000 participants.
- The name pretty much says it all: "Welcome to Hell!" One of the largest anti-G-20 protests is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. local time in Hamburg today. Police say they plan to take decisive action against far-left activists with the "Black Bloc" autonomist movement if the protests turn violent. Following a peaceful protest attended by 11,000 people on Wednesday night, police are bracing for Thursday's "Welcome to Hell" demo, Hamburg Police Chief Ralf Martin Meyer told public broadcaster ZDF on Thursday morning.
"The largest Black Bloc of all time has been announced by the Rote Flora (a left-wing political center in Hamburg that has been the center of protests in the past), by the autonomists. And afterwards, things could get dicey afterwards. 'Welcome to Hell" doesn't sound like sit-ins or verbal protests, but like something more -- that's why we're skeptical whether tonight will remain peaceful," Meyer said. "The numbers are such that we are positioning ourselves well with strong forces -- and that will certainly become necessary in order to take decisive action if crimes are committed." Police say their primary concern is the security of summit participants, the people and peaceful protesters.
- Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) posted on its Facebook page on Thursday that it has issued accreditations for 30,000 people who will have access to secured areas in Hamburg during the G-20 summit. The summit of the world's largest economies and the European Union officially begins on Friday.
- U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Europe on Wednesday. He landed during the evening in Warsaw, where he is to meet today with Polish President Andrzej Duda. After that, he is to continue on to Germany, where he plans to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel this evening at Hamburg's opulent Hotel Atlantic.
- Good morning, we're now starting our SPIEGEL International G-20 newsblog and will be providing rolling updates on the most important developments at the meeting of global leaders that will bring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the hostess, together with U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May and many other leaders. It is Trump's second visit to Europe since taking office as president and observers here fear he will seek to undercut a number of issues that have been championed by the G-20. Mass protests and diplomatic tensions are expected as the heads of the world's 20 most important economies exchange views in Germany's port city of Hamburg this week. You can check here for the latest developments.