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Merkel talks Syria, euro crisis with Obama

The Local · 31 May 2012, 07:01

Published: 31 May 2012 07:01 GMT+02:00

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The White House said the consultations with French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti represented a follow up to the G8 summit Obama hosted earlier this month.

"Leaders agreed to continue to consult closely as they prepare to meet at the G-20 Summit in Mexico next month," a White House statement said, without divulging details of the discussions on Europe's financial woes.

"The group also discussed recent developments in Syria and their shared perspectives on the importance of ending the violence of the government against its own people and the urgency of achieving a political transition."

At the G8 summit 10 days ago, hosted by Obama at his presidential retreat at Camp David, leaders agreed that debt-stricken Greece should stay in the eurozone and called for new growth policies to match the austerity straitjacket in Europe.

The summit also agreed on the need for a "political transition" in Syria and for the end to violence that has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives.

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10:10 May 31, 2012 by smart2012
Headline is completely wrong. It should be: Obama, Hollande and Monti push Merkel for a change
15:03 May 31, 2012 by Sayer
What? She and Obama are planning his next attack on Syria?
17:10 May 31, 2012 by Kosmonaughty
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18:09 May 31, 2012 by raandy
Kosmonaughty, hard night? -:)

There could be a lot on the table, should we arm the rebels? use air power? Put our boots on the ground? is there a point were intervention should apply? All possibilites, none I would ascribe to. but all discussable.

These are matters for the region to solve, if the Arab league wants to wait and not become involved, should we? have not seen much success from former interventions.
18:45 May 31, 2012 by Bushdiver
I for one do not think the US needs to get involved in this. It's an Arab problem in their area of the world. They complain about the western world interfering in their countries affairs so it's time for them to take charge.
19:29 May 31, 2012 by Kosmonaughty
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00:44 June 1, 2012 by raandy
Kosmonaughty no clue my good man.
15:41 June 1, 2012 by Trace33
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