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Tough talk at G20 as the EU awkward squad demand rapid results | World news | The Guardian

Barack Obama and Gordon Brown may well be confident about closing a deal on global financial reform at the G20 summit today. But last night Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel stuck firmly to their European alliance and talked tough about their bottom lines.

Just hours after the US president and the British prime minister did an upbeat double act in the gilded splendour of the Foreign Office's Locarno room, the Franco-German couple made clear they were speaking "with one voice" and holding out for the most rigorous agreement they could get - with a little dig at the man the world is watching most closely.

"I trust Mr Obama, but we are talking about today and tomorrow," Sarkozy told a separate bilateral press conference that felt like an opposition event. "Decisions need to be taken now. This is not the time for fancy speeches." The financial crisis, he observed, had hit a "multipolar world - the crisis didn't actually spontaneously erupt in Europe, did it?"

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:33:07 PM EST
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