World leaders meet today at the French seaside town of Deauville for a G8 summit. It’s expected to be dominated by the popular revolts sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.
As the heads of the eight wealthiest nations arrive all will be reflecting on how they can support the fledgling democracies with cash which their own domestic voters might question..
“Investing in democracy, that will be the watchword of this G8 summit. In paying tribute to the revolts in Arab countries and North Africa, the G8 will offer several billions of euros in aid to countries such as Tunisia and Egypt, but the NGOs are casting doubts on the good intentions of the G8,” said euronews reporter, José Miguel Sardo.
Will the promises of aid turn into real cash on the ground? In the past multi billion euro pledges have had way of reducing in size when they are delivered.
Emma Seery from Oxfam International:
“Any promises made here at the G8 summit, any promises made here in France this week, the G8 can’t make keep making new promises without delivering on old promises, they can’t clear the table and they certainly can’t just be a think tank and talking shop. They need to show that action really follows their words.”
As always security is tight on these occasions. Some 12,000 or so police have established a security cordon to make sure nothing is allowed to distract from the decision making.