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Perhaps the only item of proper concrete news on Tuesday from the G20 in Mexico was that Canada (along with Mexico, announced yesterday) will be invited to join the nine-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, writes Alan Beattie. Read more
Who’s eating what at the G20 summit in Los Cabos? JP Rathbone reports Read more
While it must be tempting for Cameron to score cheap points off the French government and to lecture the Germans, it is also distinctly ill-advised, argues Gideon Rachman Read more
Should Argentina, with its cavalier approach to economic policy, still have a place in the G20?
The debate is starting to generate heat, if not yet light. On May 11, Richard Lugar, the most senior Republican member of the US Senate foreign relations committee, introduced a non-binding “sense of Congress” resolution that calls on the US to suspend Argentina given its “outlaw behaviour”. This behaviour includes, most recently, Buenos Aires’ nationalisation of Spanish oil company Repsol’s stake in YPF, manipulation of inflation statistics, refusal to submit to an IMF review, and failure to comply with dozens of World Bank international settlement disputes. Read more
Another week, another crisis summit. A day after the Greek cabinet unanimously backed prime minister George Papandreou’s call for a referendum on the eurozone deal hammered out by European leaders last week, the global summit circus descends on Cannes, in southern France, for a (planned) gathering of leaders of the Group of 20 leading economies. Formal talks start on Thursday but key meetings are being held today, notably involving Mr Papandreou – who has been summoned to Cannes to meet Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor.
00.00 The witching hour seems an appropriate time to call a halt. Thank you for clicking. We shall be back in the morning. Read more