G8 summit

Fine words but no action from G8

G8 leaders (L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and France's President Francois Hollande stand on the podium for the family photograph. Photo: AFP

In the context of the war in Syria, the G8's support for convening peace talks in Geneva "as soon as possible" and a pledge of US$1.5 billion in humanitarian aid are the diplomatic equivalent of motherhood and apple pie - a comforting reaffirmation of the decent and unobj

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 10:26pm

Syria peace conference must be held as soon as possible, says G8

Leaders of the EU and eight of the world’s largest economies yesterday took leave of Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, after a two-day summit. Photo: EPA

G8 leaders yesterday threw their weight behind calls for a peace conference on Syria to be held in Geneva "as soon as possible" and agreed to measures to tackle tax evasion.

At the end of two days of talks in Northern Ireland, the leaders also called for agreement on a transitional government in Syria "with full executive powers, formed by mutual consent".

19 Jun 2013 - 4:48am 1 comment

Defiant Russian president is the outsider at the G8 summit

There is little personal warmth between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit. Photo: Reuters

Vladimir Putin's participation in the first G8 summit of his new term was supposed to seal his comeback to the global stage as Russia's paramount leader after winning a third presidential term last year.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:52am

Call for global information system to curb tax evasion

Call for global information system to curb tax evasion

The leading developed nations have called for the creation of a global system to automatically funnel financial information about individuals and companies using offshore tax havens, but Switzerland does not want to co-operate.

19 Jun 2013 - 8:43am

Hong Kong a natural champion of open trade and transparency

Photo: Reuters

This week has seen Britain host the G8 summit as part of its presidency, which is focused on the "3 Ts": fairer taxes, freer trade and greater transparency.

These are critical issues for global prosperity, jobs and sustainable development. They are mutually reinforcing. We need to work towards common international approaches on these issues, and the G8 can add momentum.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:26am

US-EU trade pact, Syria top agenda as G8 chiefs convene in Belfast

US President Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at Belfast's Waterfront Hall yesterday ahead of the G8 summit. Photo: MCT

Leaders of eight of the world's wealthiest nations sought elusive progress on lowering trans-Atlantic trade barriers and pushing the warring factions in Syria towards the negotiating table as the G8 summit opened yesterday amid high security in peaceful Northern Ireland.

18 Jun 2013 - 6:45am

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron rallies world leaders to G8 summit

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at Belfast International Airport, Northern Ireland. Photo: AFP

British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering on Monday for the G8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms, and draw inspiration from the host country’s ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict.

17 Jun 2013 - 2:49pm 1 comment

G8 leaders to put pressure on Russia over Syria

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron walks with Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers. Photo: AP

World leaders head to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on Monday looking to put pressure on Russia to back away from its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid growing Western efforts to arm the rebels.

17 Jun 2013 - 2:34pm

Tax evasion, bank secrecy: G8 talks tough, seeks teeth

Police officers keep guard outside of a bank during a protest against the upcoming G8 summit, to be held near Enniskillen, in Belfast. Photo: Reuters

An exclusion security zone around the picturesque lake where the G8 leaders are staying in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has been extended to a 10-kilometre no-sail area.

17 Jun 2013 - 10:07am

32 arrested in London as riot police clash with anti-G8 protesters

Police in riot gear confront demonstrators in London. Photo: EPA

Riot police clashed with anti-capitalist protesters in running confrontations through the streets of central London and arrested 32 people as activists targeted some of the world's biggest companies before next week's G8 summit.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:31am