A View of the G-20 from Across the Pond
By Liz Heron
British media is focusing significant attention on the U.S.-Britain partnership's pursuit of a historic financial agreement and the influx of protesters demonstrating against the summit. London is also abuzz over the first lady's break with protocol at a meeting with the Queen and gushing about the Obamas' superstar status.
The Independent leads with Gordon Brown's take on the $1 trillion pumped into the economy, even after France and Germany dared to challenge the U.S.-British way.
The Daily Telegraph says the G-20 is "not just the economy, stupid," noting that Obama is using the trip to meet leaders of Russia and China for talks that could have far-reaching-consequences.
Obama's visit and warm words about the "special relationship" between the U.S. and Britain is casting a warm glow over Downing Street, according to The Guardian.
The Times is giving a platform to readers who want to "protest the G20 protesters."
The BBC says the International Monetary Fund might have scored the biggest win at the summit.
The Independent's Hamish McRae thinks the real summit has been between China and the U.S.
Michelle Obama is getting a fair share of the coverage as well. The BBC says the first lady is making a huge splash in the United Kingdom, attracting "as much interest and column inches as her husband on this London trip," while The Times is scandalized by Michelle Obama cozying up to Queen Elizabeth, breaching protocol by putting her arm around the Queen.
Posted at 1:21 PM ET on Apr 2, 2009
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