France is chair of the G20 for 2011 (Photo: Elysee palace)

EU presidents give bloc pre-G20 pep talk

Ahead of the G20 meeting of leading world economies and in the wake of ever-sharpening international criticism of Europe’s ‘dithering’ response to the eurozone debt crisis, EU presidents Herman van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso have given the bloc’s member states a ‘pep talk’, saying that the EU needs to demonstrate it can act but also demanding that foreign governments need to make a “constructive contribution” too.

“Our G20 partners' perception is that if Europe does not solve its so...

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