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The 40th G8 summit will be held in Russia in 2014. Moscow is expected to be the summit site.[1]

Following Russia's involvement in the 2014 Crimean crisis, there was talk of suspending or expelling Russia from the G8.[2][3] On March 24, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the meeting would not occur in Russia due to the Crimean crisis.[4][5]

History[change | change source]

The gathering of the Group of Eight (G8) will be the 40th meeting in a series which began in 1976.[6]

A previous G8 summit was hosted by Russia at Saint Petersburg (2006).[7]

The G8 and the summit are part of a consultation process. The G8 is not an international organization.[8] It is an informal group.[9]

Participants[change | change source]

The participants will be the "core members" of the group:[10]

Core G8 members
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
France France François Hollande
    -- projected to attend
Germany Germany Angela Merkel
    -- projected to attend
Italy Italy Mario Monti
    -- projected to attend
Prime Minister
Japan Japan Yoshihiko Noda
    -- projected to attend
Prime Minister
Russia Russia Vladimir Putin
    -- projected to attend
United Kingdom United Kingdom David Cameron
    -- projected to attend
Prime Minister
United States United States Barack Obama
    -- projected to attend
European Union European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso
    -- projected to attend
European Council Herman Van Rompuy
    -- projected to attend

Invited leaders[change | change source]

A number of national leaders are traditionally invited to attend the summit.

Schedule and Agenda[change | change source]

The summit meetings are intended as a venue for resolving differences among the G8 members.[11]

In part, the agenda responds to current events. Also, the host country of the G8 summit affects the agenda.[12]

Discussions at the 40th G8 summit will include some issues which remain unresolved from previous summits.[13]

The G8 discussions will cover a range of topics.

Protesters and demonstrations[change | change source]

Planning for the summit has to anticipate protest groups and other activists.[14]

Business opportunity[change | change source]

For some, the G8 summit will be a profit-generating event; as for example, the G8 Summit magazines which have been published since 1998.[15]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Interfax.co.uk, "Moscow likely to host G8 summit in 2014 – Dvorkovich" citing Russia and CIS General News wire, February 17, 2012; retrieved 2012-5-20.
  2. "Lawmakers call for suspension of Russia from G8, swift action against Putin". http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/02/lawmakers-call-for-suspension-of-russia-from-g8-swift-action-against-putin/.
  3. "Russia G8 status at risk over 'incredible act of aggression' in Crimea, says Kerry". http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/02/john-kerry-russia-putin-crimea-ukraine.
  4. https://twitter.com/Channel4News/status/448123247004229632
  5. "G8 summit 'won't be held in Russia'", BBC News, 24 March 2014; retrieved 2014-3-24.
  6. US Dept. of State, About the G8; retrieved 2012-5-21.
  7. G20/G8 France 2011, What is G8? ("Previous summits" section); retrieved 2012-5-21
  8. G20-G8 France 2011, What is G8? ("Language" section); retrieved 2012-5-21.
  9. US Dept. of State, G8 Frequently Asked Questions ("How does the G8 work?" section); retrieved 2012-5-21.
  10. Rieffel, Lex. "Regional Voices in Global Governance: Looking to 2010 (Part IV)," Brookings. March 27, 2009; retrieved 2012-5-20.
  11. Reinalda, Bob and Bertjan Verbeek. (1998). Autonomous Policy Making by International Organizations, p. 205.
  12. UPI, "Italy Knocked for Alleged poor G8 Planning", July 7, 2009; Wintour, Patrick. "David Cameron plans to downgrade G8 summit," Guardian (UK). 28 June 2010; retrieved 2012-5-20.
  13. Traynot, Ian et al. "G8 at Camp David: what the world wants to achieve," Guardian (UK). 17 May 2012; WhiteHouse.gov, "Wrapping Up the G8 Summit at Camp David";retrieved 2012-5-20.
  14. Balde, Lisa and Phil Rogers. "Adbusters Wants 50,000 G8/NATO Protesters in Chicago," NBCChicago (US), 27 January 2012; retrieved 2012-5-20.
  15. Prestige Media: 2012 G8 Summit Publication Distribution; retrieved 2012-5-20.

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