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Sarko spat ahead of G20 summit [Mar. 31st, 2009|06:48 pm]
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Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, seems to be threatening to throw his toys out of his pram if he doesn't get what he wants at Thursday's G20 summit in London. He is keener on tough rules for the financial system than an immediate new fiscal stimulus, as favoured by President Barack Obama and Gordon Brown).
British officials are a bit bemused by Sarko's apparent threat to walk away without signing the G20 summit communique, since he had a friendly telephone chat with Brown yesterday. They suspect he is playing to the domestic gallery to get a share of the summit limelight, which is falling largely on Brown. "He clearly wishes he was chairing it," snarled one British source.
The hyperactive Sarkozy was effective when France held the European Union's rotating presidency for the second half of last year. But he seems to be having withdrawal symptoms now the game of musical chairs has moved on.
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From: deimosp
2009-04-01 11:30 am (UTC)

Trouble is ... he is right

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I tend to think that to effectively solve a problem you are best to identify the causes and address them. Of course you can solve problems without that - but it does help. Brown's continual denials mean that his solutions will at best be inefficient, at worst ineffective. Sarky seems to want the UK/US to admit the causes of the problems rather than just saying it is "worldwide" and "we have to look forward". Analyse the causes to get a better solution. Of course it is worldwide now, but France did not really issue many sub-prime mortgages on its own - but they are affected by those who did like many other countries.

And why should the world go along with Gordon when it is very very obvious to the world that his "light touch" "minimal" regulation allowed the UK to palay it's part in the cause of it all. Other people have (good) ideas and we already have experience of Gordon's regulatory systems and the results from them.
From: oldnickheavenly
2009-04-01 09:18 pm (UTC)

Sarko and Merkel are right!

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They are the only ones talking any sense!

If Germany goes down, as a European, then life gets more difficult for me!

I do not wish to pay for the United Condoms profligacy!