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Who does Obama love most in Europe?

A wonderful article here by Paul Reynolds, World affairs correspondent of the BBC on Gordon Brown being the first European leader to meet President Obama. The UK cherishes the “special relationship” with the US, and UK conservative politicians often point to it as an alternative to involvement in the EU.  However, as though Reynolds says “when it comes to substance, Britain counts for a good deal less than some other players – notably the EU as a whole, in which Germany above all has the key role”.

merkel_sarkozy_berlusconi_feb232009 Merkel, Sarkozy & Berlusconi try to come to terms.

The Articel goes on to outline some of the differences of opinion on future financial regulation that will be discussed by the G20. The Czech Prime-minister (as head of the Czech Presidency of the EU) is quoted as saying   “If I put it very tenderly, the divergence in opinions was rather big.” So the compromise I reported had been reached by the EU on for the G20 talks on global financial regulation may not be that secure.

 

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David Garrahy

David Garrahy works in Brussels monitoring European Union activites. He is originally from Ireland and studied a Degree in Law & European Studies at the University of Limerick before earning a Masters in Globalisation at Dublin City Universty. Previously he has worked in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission and as a Legislative Aide for an Irish Senator. His involvement in the EU has included working for the Irish Forum on Europe and campaigning in Referenda in favour of the Nice & Lisbon Treaties.

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Europe; Globalisation; European Comission.

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