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Innlegg QIQrrr 22 Jun 2010, 21:17

I et intervju med Der Spiegel lufter utenriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre sin frustrasjon over at Norge ikke får være med i G-20. Han mener at det ikke gir mening at Norge skal holdes utenfor, blant annet med henvisning til alle pengene Norge bruker på å bekjempe fattigdom samt redde regnskoger: "When climate change is discussed, one has to keep in mind the fact that Norway makes one of the largest contributions to saving rainforests and pays out billions of dollars, we should also have a voice, because we have something to say. Decisions on fighting poverty in the world without the participation of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, who make the greatest financial contributions, make no sense."

Støre mener G-20 er et av de største tilbakestegene siden andre verdenskrig:

    Der Spiegel, June 22, 2010: Norway's foreign minister has described the group of the 20 most important industrialized and developing nations, which will meet this weekend in Toronto, as the "greatest setback" for the international community since World War II. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Jonas Gahr Støre explains why the organization won't function in the long run - 'One of the Greatest Setbacks Since World War II'
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Re: G-20

Innlegg QIQrrr 26 Jun 2010, 06:54

The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2010: Today's G-20 meeting has been advertised as a showdown between the U.S. and Europe over more spending "stimulus," and so it is. But the larger story is the end of the neo-Keynesian economic moment, and perhaps the start of a healthier policy turn. For going on three years, the developed world's economic policy has been dominated by the revival of the old idea that vast amounts of public spending could prevent deflation, cure a recession, and ignite a new era of government-led prosperity. It hasn't turned out that way. Now the political and fiscal bills are coming due even as the U.S. and European economies are merely muddling along. The Europeans have had enough and want to swear off the sauce, while the Obama Administration wants to keep running a bar tab. So this would seem to be a good time to examine recent policy history and assess the results - The Keynesian Dead End
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Re: G-20

Innlegg QIQrrr 29 Jun 2010, 01:48

Et lyspunkt:

    Earth Times, June 27, 2010: The leaders of the world's 20 most powerful developed and developing states dropped a pledge to invest in climate-friendly energy generation from their final summit statement. Climate change topped the world agenda last year, but was eclipsed after the relative failure of a massive summit in Copenhagen in December. G-20 members are deeply at odds over the climate question. The European Union and Japan have already pledged to make deep greenhouse-gas emissions cuts, but other developed and developing states are at odds over the question of who should do how much. Environment group WWF reacted angrily to the omission. "They went through this document with a vacuum cleaner to remove any reference to clean energy. In the Pittsburgh G-20 summit in September 2009, there were 8 references to 'clean energy' - in this one, there is zero," WWF climate expert Kim Carstensen said - G20 summit drops clean-energy pledge
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G-20 Stalemate in Toronto

Innlegg Panther 03 Jul 2010, 15:55

http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/world/6022---Stalemate-Toronto.html

2 July 2010 John Browne


A group of Mafiosi holding a summit on business ethics.


Last week, global attention was focused on Toronto as the G-20 gathered to confront the growing financial and economic worries darkening the global economic horizon. In an irony worthy of Orwell, the representatives of the world's top 20 economies (19 countries plus the European Union) managed to ignore the out-of-control spending contained in Western governments' budgets and instead unite behind a banner that they called "financial responsibility." This is akin to a group of Mafiosi holding a summit on business ethics.

For the sake of indulgence, let us grant that "responsibility" is a relative term. And although the leaders of the EU have committed themselves to massive bailouts of their more profligate members, they are at least showing some remorse after the fact. This stands in sharp contrast to President Obama, who shows no such regret. While the Europeans tried to stick closely to their declared aim of "responsibility," it was clear that the American delegation was working a somewhat different angle.

From my perspective, President Obama and his team had three main goals:
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