EU-Asia summit addresses financial crisis

Our web poll last week asked what Asian and European leaders should talk about in their biennial summit.
Brussels, home to the Manneken Pis, hosted this year's Asia Europe Meeting
Brussels, home to the Manneken Pis, hosted this year's Asia Europe Meeting

We asked our readers last week to identify the most important issue being discussed at the EU-Asia summit in Brussels on October 4-5. Unsurprisingly, most said global economic governance was the most pressing topic.

The Asia Europe Meeting has been held every other year since 1996 and brings together the leaders of 27 European and 19 Asian countries. At the latest meeting they all agreed that the financial crisis “exposed the weaknesses in the global economic and financial system and has highlighted the interdependence among the world's economies”, but with just a month until a G20 meeting in Korea, there were no commitments of any substance.

European leaders had hoped to press...

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