The classifying space $BG=|Nerve(G)|$ of an arbitrary topological group $G$ does not necessarily have the homotopy type of a CW-complex but the fundamental group should still be accessible. What is $\pi_{1}(BG)$? A reference on this would be great. My initial guess: $\pi_{1}(BG)$ is the quotient group $\pi_{0}(G)$ for arbitrary $G$

Motivation: There is a natural way to make $\pi_1$ a functor to topological groups. I am interested in relating the topologies of $G$ and $\pi_{1}(BG)$ but the topology on $\pi_{1}(X)$ is boring (discrete) when $X$ is a CW-complex.

exact. Jeremy, just how arbitrary can these groups be? Is a real algebraic group with the Zariski topology a case you want to consider? – some guy on the street Oct 9 '10 at 21:42