He wasn’t present and he isn’t even in office yet, but Barack Obama was the elephant in the room at last week’s European Union summit on economic recovery and climate change.
The Great Debate
European Union leaders this week face a crucial credibility test of their ambition to lead the world in fighting climate change, just as President-elect Barack Obama is making it a top priority for the United States.
The global financial crisis has been a stark reality check for the European Union, exposing divergences over economic policy and highlighting the European Commission’s growing difficulty in enforcing common rules.
Anyone who expected the major emerging economies to write fat checks in exchange for being invited to the first G20 leaders’ summit on rescuing the world economy will have been disappointed.
With Europe and the United States staring recession in the face, a growing chorus is calling for massive public investment in clean, green energy to revive economic growth while fighting climate change.
— Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist, the views expressed are his own —
LONDON (Reuters) – Move over America! Make space Europe! The world’s top leadership table is expanding to bring in emerging powers from Asia, Africa and Latin America to help rescue the global economy.