How necessary is the G20 summit?
From the cosy fireside chats and walks in the woods of 30 years ago, world summitry has expanded beyond all recognition, with this week’s G20 meeting in London being billed in some quarters as the biggest gathering of leaders since 1945.
But the problems now are of course much bigger too. Long gone are the days when a few soothing words about co-operation on currencies would be enough to declare a summit a success.
This one, Gordon Brown hopes, will produce a “grand bargain” that will lay the foundations for a new global economic order, and in the process improve his own domestic political fortunes.
But the run-up to the summit has revealed fundamental differences in what the participants want to achieve — for a resume of what is actually likely to emerge click on our full coverage page.
What is your opinion on this week’s meeting? Is it just expensive diplomatic grandstanding or are the world’s economic problems now so severe that only a conference of such size is appropriate? And what would you like to see come of it?