SA in the G8?
Tony Blair has had an epiphany, which is to broaden the G8 into the G13 to accommodate emerging economies, including South Africa. This is a bold move from a prime minister focused on his legacy. I don't see it happening to be honest, I think that adding 5 countries from emerging economies into an eight-country negotiation tips the balances too much. I cannot see the incumbents allowing such a vote shift, and I think it unlikely. However, any representation on the G8 decision-making would be a step forward for emerging economies, and I would like to see some additions, perhaps China and India or perhaps Brazil. Although playing a large role in Africa, I think some of South Africa's foreign policy views (ties with Palestine, Iran and Iraq) may prove too hot too handle for the incumbents.