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									                The G20
The Financial Times plans to publish this Special Report on June 25, 2010.
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(Advertising copy deadline: about 2 weeks before)

We plan to include the following features (please note that this list is provisional):

1. Introduction
   A slow and unbalanced recovery
   The G20 meets in Toronto on June 26-27 amid a continuing slow and unbalanced
   world recovery. Its main aim will be to foster stability and sustainability in the
   global economy as it emerges from crisis.


2. Exit Strategies
   To what extent are countries moving back to normality from extreme monetary,
   fiscal and financial policies? This article will examine the progress so far, the role
   of coordination in the G20 and long road ahead.

3. Eurozone Woes
   Continental Europe came out of recession early, but speed masked wider tensions
   in the single currency area. Has Europe now managed to solve its internal tensions
   and can the area become a motor of global growth once more?

4. China and Its Exchange Rate
   The G20 Pittsburgh summit avoided opening festering wounds on global
   exchange rates by brushing the issue under the carpet. Is it the price China will
   demand for co-operation at the G20, or is it becoming more willing to think about
   changes to its dollar peg?

5. Is it Back to Business as Usual in Financial Markets?
   The recovery in financial markets led the wider economic bounce. But recovery
   led to a re-emergence of some of the pre-crisis practices, particularly in paying
   large bonuses. How far has the landscape in financial markets really changed
   almost three years after the crisis started?

6. Progress in Developing a Framework for Strong and Balanced Growth
   The Pittsburgh G20 summit agreed a framework for strong, stable and balanced
   growth, setting up a process monitored by the IMF. The Fund has now
   pronounced that countries’ forecasts are inconsistent since there is too great a
   reliance on exports in most G20 countries. Will the framework develop teeth or
   procedures that will lead to changes in policy or will it be largely ignored?

7. Financial Regulation 2010 – The Year of Tough Choices
   By the end of 2010, global regulators have pledged to have agreed the new
   financial regulatory landscape. What is already agreed? Is the process on track?
   And what are the main remaining obstacles?

8. A Levy on Banks – An Idea of its Time
   The International Monetary Fund reported on the possibility of a new levy on
   banks at its Spring 2010 meetings, leaving any decision to the G20. Though the
   consensus on the idea has built steadily over the past year, is the idea ready now
   for implementation?

9. The Korean Agenda
   South Korea is the first country outside the G8 to chair the G20 since it gained its
   new prominence in global affairs. It will emphasise emerging economies when it
   chairs the G20 in November and seek agreement for its idea of a “global financial
   safety net,” which it believes can help achieve more balanced global economic


10. A Body Aiming for Takeover from 2011
    The G20 is already calling itself the “premier forum for international economic
    cooperation”. The influence of the G8 is waning. Will a transfer of power become
    complete in 2011 and could an amalgamation of the G20 and IMF integrate all of
    the world’s economic governance under one unified structure.

11. Global Governance the G20 and Satellite Organisations
    The G20 is not alone in managing the global economy. It must work with the
    World Bank on development, the FSB on regulation, the IMF on early warning
    and surveillance and the OECD on tax havens. How do these bodies work

12. New Faces at the Summit
    It is quite possible that a new British prime minister will go to the Canada G20
    summit as his first big summit. The same is true of the Japanese leadership. How
    will the new faces blend in with those for whom the G20 is a regular part of the
    diplomatic year?
13. What France Wants with the G20
    France will take over the chairmanship of both the G8 and G20 in 2011. How far
    are its tentative plans to merge the two organisations advanced. Will global
    governance appear very different in a year’s time?


14. Protectionism – The Dog That Didn’t Bark
    A big fear of the global recession was a return to protectionism. Apart from minor
    trade barriers, world leaders refrained from efforts to protect domestic population
    from the effects of the downturn. Can such restraint survive the recovery?

15. Labour Market Puzzles – Why is US Unemployment so High
    Almost alone among advanced economies, the US has seen a much larger fall in
    employment than output. Jobs has become the most important issue, while labour
    markets in other countries have been more benign. To what extent will the US
    suffer from its active firing practices, or is it a sign of its greater dynamism?

16. Government Bond Markets – The Next Leg of the Crisis
    Will a sovereign debt crisis come next? Markets have so far swallowed huge
    increases in sovereign debt. Will they require greater compensation for holding
    debt and will some countries be unable to pay?


17. Canada’s Crisis
    Canada has enjoyed a much better ride through the crisis other advanced
    economies. Was this just a product of its tough financial regulation and
    commodity-driven economy? What else did Canada get right?

18. Tensions Between the G8 and the G20
    Canada insisted on a G20 summit, following immediately on the back of the G8
    summit in Muskoka. This has led to suspicions among emerging economies that
    the rich G8 will use its earlier summit as a preparatory meeting, leaving a fait
    acomplis for the G20 summit. How will Canada manage these tensions?

19. Toronto – The Host City
    Toronto is hosting the G20. How is it planning to manage the security surrounding
    the event and what does it see as the main benefits of appearing in the global

20. Stephen Harper – Ambitions for Canada
    Stephen Harper’s theme for the G20 is “Recovery and new beginnings” and wants
    to see the summit as “less about new agreements than accountability for existing
    ones”. Putting real results at the heart of the summit strategy is a risk. How is the
    man suited to ensuring such risks pay off.
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