March 25, 2009

MAYBE THE UR OUGHTN'T HAVE BETRAYED THEM TO THE RUSSIANS?:

Czech PM destroys Brown's hopes of unity and upstages Wall Street trip (Philippe Naughton, 3/25/09, Times of London)

Gordon Brown found his G20 roadshow upstaged once again today, as the man who will officially represent the European Union at next week's London summit destroyed any last hope of a united continental approach to the economic crisis. [...]

[A]s Mr Brown was taking part in a breakfast debate hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Mirek Topolanek, the Czech Prime Minister, was astonishing MEPs in Strasbourg when he described Barack Obama's financial recovery plan - backed by Mr Brown - as "the road to Hell".

Ignoring an appeal made yesterday by Mr Brown to his EU partners for a unified response to ensure economic recovery, Mr Topolanek said that the American recovery package would "undermine the liquidity of the global financial market” and "the United States did not take the right path".

He also slammed the widening budget deficit and protectionist trade measures - such as the “Buy America" policies included in the stimulus bill - although Mr Obama has said he opposes protectionism in principle.


The road to Hell is paved with pork barrel projects.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2009 11:31 AM
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