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The Group of Eight (G8) is coalition of eight of the world's leading industrialized nations: the United Kingdom, France, Germany (West Germany to 1991), Italy, Japan, and the United States, (the G6, 1975), Canada (the G7, 1976), and Russia (1998), as well as the European Union. The hallmark of the G8 is an annual economic and political summit of the heads of state with international officials, though there are numerous subsidiary meetings and policy research.

The G8 leaders as of 26 April 2004 are:

The summits are often the focus of anti-globalization movement protests.

Past Summits

The location of the summit meetings rotate anually among member countries in the following order: France, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada.

Future Summits

See also : World Social Forum

The Group of Eight is also an association of Australia's leading universities.