The Group of Eight (G8) is an association of the major industrialized democracies. Prior to the admission of the Russian Federation in 1998, the organization was referred to as the Group of Seven (G7). The G8 member nations are Canada , France , Germany , Italy , Japan , Russia , the United Kingdom and the United States . The European Union also attends the Summit , represented by the Leader of the country holding the Presidency of the European Council and the President of the European Commission.
Official Canadian government G8 site provides information about the Summits, the G8 and its priorities, official documents and statements, and ministerial meetings.
Provides ongoing news and features along with an interactive guide, questions and answers, timetable and background material and links.
Research group for G7/G8 summits provides news and analysis, official summit documents, scholarly writings and conferences, teaching program and links to additional resources.
Hyperlinked encyclopedia article includes background and history, structure and activities, summits, criticism and protests.
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