G20 summit: can world leaders find unity – or is it simply showboating?

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Now in its 10th year, a forum intended to secure global governance has become a stage for increasingly populist leaders

The leaders from the world’s 20 biggest economies converge on Buenos Aires on Friday looking for consensus on the global flows of trade and investment – at a time when such consensus has been increasingly difficult to come by.

Ten years on from the first G20 summit – convened in an effort to alleviate the global financial crisis – the Argentinian hosts are struggling to find common ground among the heads of state and government representing 19 of the biggest national economies and the EU – 85% of global economic output.

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