The G8 summit on The Guardian, May 19, 2012

G8 summit at Camp David and Nato protests in Chicago – live coverage: Hollande and Obama meet for the first time on Friday …

Barack Obama tells EU: boost growth now or face a global crisis: The G8 talks will be an opportunity for Barack Obama to vent US frustration at Europe’s failure to find a solution to the debt crisis … // … Barack Obama is to put pressure on Germany to ease the pain of austerity with policies to boost growth, as he uses two days of talks with the G8 industrial nations to warn Europe that it needs to act swiftly to spare the world economy from a second deep recession in four years …  

French €57bn financial tax plan rejected by UK: Barack Obama sees François Hollande as an ally in promoting his pro-growth ideas to tackle the eurozone crisis … // … The eurozone crisis is set to dominate four days of intense diplomacy which began in Washington Friday morning and continued through a meeting of G8 leaders at the presidential retreat Camp David on Friday evening. Discussions will continue there on Saturday and on to a Nato meeting in Chicago …

G8 talks focus in on eurozone crisis as Merkel holds out on stimulus package: British prime minister David Cameron said there has already been good progress on the euro issue … // … Obama, speaking at the opening of the session, confirmed they will focus on measures to prevent the break-up of the eurozone, in particular the potential exit of Greece. But there remains a huge gulf between the European leaders over how to kick-start the economy, a clash between the pro-growth French approach and the deficit-cutting approach of the Germans …

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