The Significance of the Seven-Power Summit
by John Kirton


3. The decision on the rotation for hosting the annual summit is now rigidly defined, according to the sequence of hosting for the first round from 1975 to 1981. The sequence -- France, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada -- reflects in very general terms the relative influence wielded by each country at the summit as a result of its material capability and historic role in creating the summit institution. The major remaining ambiguity about this precise order of precedence is the rather remote possibility of the European Community being introduced into the hosting rotation (presumably after Canada) at some point in the future.

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