Security are hoping to keep protests far away from the G7 summit meeting in Taormina, with the shadow of Genoa looming in everyone's minds, writes freelance journalist Matthew Clayfield.
The G8 leaders know that the stakes they’re playing for have never been higher, writes Karen Maley, of Business Spectator.
So as Europe teeters on the brink of another financial crisis, and the US economy struggles to recover amid staggering levels of government debt, what is Nicolas Sarkozy's priority for the G8 meeting in Deauville?
There is one over-arching reason why the G8 is weak and poorly placed to provide leadership to the rest of the world.
When it comes to Iran sanctions, withdrawing from Afghanistan and international aid, many of the G20 and G8 leaders are divided over what should be done.
It won’t get any better than this for Rudd: he may have inherited the G20 from his predecessor, but it will now forever be linked to his name in Australian foreign policy.
The acceptance of the G20 as a rule-maker for the conduct of the world's financial systems quite literally ushers in a new world economic order: a genuine democratisation that directly includes two-thirds of the world’s population and indirectly gives a voice to the rest.
This week we've had the world powers of the G20 and the UN General Assembly hitting the headlines. Except, only one of these two institutions is making any sense.
REDD is a controversial UN program whereby developing nations and companies are financially rewarded for keeping their forests intact rather than cutting them down. So amongst all the climate-change chatter at the recent G8 conference, why didn't it even garner a mention?
In a photo that made its way around the world, Obama appears to check out a woman with a lovely behind at the G8. It wasn't really a true moment (as video later showed) but that didn't stop news outlets.