EU ‘consensus’ to tackle crisis
EU leaders have ended an emergency summit in Brussels saying they are determined to avoid protectionist moves in response to the economic crisis.
“There was consensus on the need to avoid any unilateral protectionist measures,” European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said.
He spoke after the summit aimed at heading off a new east-west rift.
Hungary earlier called for a 180bn-euro (£160bn) aid package for Central and Eastern Europe – but that was rejected.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said the former communist countries – the newest EU member states – were not all in the same situation.
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