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G8 "family photo" at the Hokkaido summit. From left are: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy; President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom; Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan; President George W. Bush of the United States; Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada; President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

The 34th G8 summit was a meeting in 2008 for the leaders of Canada, the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) was the 34th meeting in a series which began in 1976. The G8 and the summit are part of a "consultative process and not an international organization".

The meeting took place in Japan at Tōyako (洞爺湖 Tōya-ko) on the northern island of Hokkaidō. The international group of leaders met from July 7–9, 2008.

Core participants

The participants were the "core members" of the group:

Core G8 members
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Stephen Harper Prime Minister
France France Nicolas Sarkozy President
Germany Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor
Italy Italy Silvio Berlusconi Prime Minister
Japan Japan Yasuo Fukuda Prime Minister
Russia Russia Dmitri Medvedev President
United Kingdom United Kingdom Gordon Brown Prime Minister
United States United States George W. Bush President
European Union European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso President

Invited leaders

A small others were invited to join some of the discussions.

G8+5

G-8+G-5 in 2008
Family photo of the G8+G5

The G8 plus the five other nations were known as G8+5.

Other leaders

Heads of international organizations

Leaders of some organizations were invited to be part of some of the discussions.

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