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For a Prime Minister and former chancellor not conspicuously distinguished by Europhile tendencies, Gordon Brown has notched up an impressive number of cross-Channel Airmiles in recent months. Yesterday found him lunching with President Sarkozy in a strike-bound Paris, before moving on to Brussels for the European Union spring summit. When this meeting ends today, it may be a little clearer – though probably not much – how far the 27 EU members have managed to coordinate a joint approach to the economic crisis.

Mandelson: Our banks will resume lending

Some companies are now scared to approach lenders, warns Bank of England

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The G20 finance ministers may have yet again reaffirmed their opposition to protectionism, but there's plenty of it around, warns Sean O'Grady

Stephen King: The rest of the world still has a lot to learn from the Japanese

What, today, counts as economic policy success? The G20 finance ministers, pictured, promised over the weekend to "take whatever action is necessary until growth is restored." That, though, is a rather weak formulation. Even after the Great Depression, growth eventually made a welcome return. The bigger concerns surely relate to the length and depth of the current downswing and, importantly, the likely pace of growth once the world economy bottoms out. Merely promising a restoration of growth at some unspecified future point doesn't quite do the trick.

Jeremy Warner: Depression and the protectionist threat

Outlook Another grim set of manufacturing figures, with UK industrial production down a further 2.6 per cent in January, bringing its year-on-year fall to 11.4 per cent, has raised the question afresh of whether Britain should be following its European neighbours with root and branch aid and support for struggling manufacturers.

'Run on UK' sees foreign investors pull $1 trillion out of the City

Banking crisis undermines Britain's reputation as a safe place to hold funds

Boy scouts swell the clapping crowds

It was bad luck for Gordon Brown that his big chance to speak before a joint session of Congress came a mere week after Barack Obama's dramatic first appearance in the same chamber. The President had raised the roof with a combination of home truths and soaring oratory that the Prime Minister would be hard pressed to match. And there were a few anxious moments before yesterday's session that enough people would show up to give the Premier a proper welcome.

'The prize is 20 years of prosperity,' says Brown

Prime Minister urges America to seize the moment and lead economic revival as stark warning against protectionism is heard in silence by members of Congress

Brown ends visit with address to Congress

Gordon Brown today rounded off his two-day visit to the United States with an address to Congress in which he called on America to take a lead in the world's battle against recession and climate change.

Obama reaffirms special relationship with UK

US president Barack Obama today reaffirmed his belief in the special relationship between Britain and America following talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the White House.



Pascal Lamy: If we go down the road of protectionism, disaster awaits

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