This year’s G8 Summit took place in Northern Ireland, eight of the world’s leaders joined forces to discuss the Syrian civil war.
The G8 leaders said they would also be discussing the fight against tax evasion and focussed primarily on the Syrian crisis. In an article about the G8 summit and tax evasion, political journalist Vince Cable, wrote that “Britain has an opportunity to show real leadership on the issue and reform a dysfunctional international tax system.”
As the host of the summit, David Cameron decided to hold a working dinner on the Monday evening. The G8 leaders came out of their meeting feeling more positive about the topics they had discussed, however there is still much work to be done.
While the summit took place, John Humphrys interviewed George Osborne, who claimed that Britain was being tougher on tax havens and that progress was being made at the G8. Stephanie Flanders wrote about the G8 summit before it began stating that G8 leaders “can hardly ignore the ructions in financial markets.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson commented on the Syrian crisis, stating that “This is not the moment to send more arms. This is the moment for a total ceasefire, an end to the madness.” At the summit Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin put their differences aside to discuss Syria and the ways in which they can bring an end to the violence.
David Cameron commented on the crisis and the G8 summit saying “The trajectory we are on is very damaging, so what we need to do is make sure we can have a peace conference and a peace process and a transition to a regime that can stand up for everyone in Syria.”
Copyright Speakers Corner 2017