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All together now?

The London G20 summit was hailed as a success, but much more will be needed if we are to make the world a more stable and fair place

By Will Straw   April 2009

Gerald Holtham’s article, “All together now” (Prospect, April) set out three principal goals for the G20: a global reflation plan, support to poorer countries, and reform of the IMF. April’s G20 summit in London was a modest success against these measures. But Holtham passed over two critical components on which the summit fared poorly: measures to address climate change and a clear statement concerning the G20’s own future.

So what of Holtham’s triumvirate? The G20 came up short of announcing a new round of stimulus spending, but the communiqué did declare that countries were already undertaking “an unprecedented and concerted…

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