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What are the criteria for admission to 'G8' + 5 (or whatever) summits? watch

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    In the recent G8 + 5 summit in earthquake ravaged L'aquila of Italy, the following 8 countries attended as full members.

    http://www.g8italia2009.it/G8/Home/S...09_PaesiG8.htm

    The members of the Group of Eight, or G8, are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    The 5 following countries were invited on an ad-hoc basis.

    http://www.g8italia2009.it/G8/Home/S...09_PaesiG5.htm

    The Group of Five (G5) comprises Brazil, People's Republic of China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

    Makes you wonder, on what basis they decided the G5 or even the G8 itself.

    PRChina, even on an exchange rate basis, has a GDP greater than Germany. PRC's Gross Domestic Product is smaller than USA and Japan's only, and about to eclipse Japan's very soon according to some predictions.

    Meanwhile, South Africa is a smaller economy than Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Poland, Belgium and many other countries.

    Spain has an economy greater than Canada's.

    What are the bases for membership to G8 or G8+5?
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    The G8 was formed in 1975, shortly after the oil crisis crisis and was made up of the world's srongest economies, that's why China wouldn't have been invited. Apparently there have been plans for China to join the G8(G9 if they joined) but nothing solid yet.

    South Africa has the biggest African economy doesn't it? So you'd think that the criteria would be the elite countries from country from each continent, however if this is the case where is Australia? Also Spain isn't in the G8, nor the G20, nor the G-20, but seeing as the president of the EU attents the G8 it's all the same anyway.

    The criteria would simply be economic, military and how important / useful you are to the world.
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    Why would India be invited if the point is to invite only the strongest economy of each continent? In that case, Germany alone should also represent Europe in those summits perhaps?

    You're also right about Australia and Spain.
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    Also, Russia is 11th place in terms of nominal GDP, yet is in the G8.
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    (Original post by maths-enthusiast)
    Why would India be invited if the point is to invite only the strongest economy of each continent? In that case, Germany alone should also represent Europe in those summits perhaps?

    You're also right about Australia and Spain.
    GDP-Purchasing Power parity

    http://www.economywatch.com/economies-in-top/
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    (Original post by nick_vivek)
    GDP-Purchasing Power parity

    http://www.economywatch.com/economies-in-top/
    Look below.

    Why would India be invited if the point is to invite only the strongest economy of each continent?

    In that case, Germany alone should also represent Europe in those summits perhaps?

    You're also right about Australia and Spain.
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    I guess one possible explanation for inconsistent policies for membership and admission into these organizations and summits is the true nature of the western world.

    It's not unusual for westerners to be hypocritical liars, misogynists, pathetic drunkards, or incongruous inconsistent policy-makers for instance.
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    Is one condition of G8 membership a requirement that you do not rely on another country for essential supplies of base resources. Electricity, Gas, Communication network and for this particular enquiry an independent supply of steel for the UK.
    Reason: In case of external circumstances cutting off the supply of steel and other sources ramping the cost as we wwould have no choice.
 
 
 
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