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G8

The 8 wealthiest, most influential and most industrially advanced democratic nations: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK, US.
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Britain assumes the chair of the G8, and the EU later this year--pivotal to Blair's promise to present an agenda for Africa to the international community.
It is both in the chair of the G8, the world's leading industrialised nations with Tony Blair confident he will be welcoming them to Gleneagles on July 6, and it also has the presidency of the European Union, culminating in a special heads of government meeting here in October.
He said: "For me this record is about firing the starting pistol to the year of 2005 when Britain is the chair of the G8 and president of the EU.
The UK is in a unique position this year to lead climate change discussions in its role as chair of the G8 leading industrial countries and president of the European Union.