Wednesday, July 06, 2005

G8 Summit

This is the 31st G8 Summit, and this year it's in Scotland, hosted by Tony Blair. It started today.

I chose to link to the Wikipedia page on this event, because I think it's one of those topics where it's handy to be able to click around and read about aspects of the conference.

The G8 is a conference by the leaders of 8 countries, which are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States. The President of the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament will be attending as well.

I've recently read a couple of books about the European Union. One of the interesting things, I think, is how sometimes the member countries are part of a world group, and sometimes it's just the EU itself. In this case, 4 of the 8 are part of the EU. Even though I'm sure that the 4 EU countries do not agree on everything, they are part of a common state, with similar ideals.

This year's topics include the financial well being of Africa and it's citizens, as well as global climate change.

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