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Today’s G20 needs to regain its mojo

By John SInclair      

As we approach this week’s summit in Buenos Aires, it’s time for a more ambitious, longer-sighted Group of 20.

G20 leaders and their spouses gather for a photo at the last summit in Germany last year. This year, they’re set to meet Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Argentina. Photograph courtesy of the German federal government

The G20 is slowly expanding its interests beyond global financial and banking issues. But what could change? An obstacle is that many G7 countries, including Canada, hesitate to see the larger G20, with its substantial developing-country membership, becoming the forum for global geopolitical dialogue, one in which North and South will have equal footing.

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