On Pope's Heels, Brown Arrives in America

Overshadowed PM will talk global economy, seek closer US-UK ties
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 7:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – The pope might be commanding the headlines, but another world leader is in America this week—Gordon Brown arrived in New York yesterday for a three-day visit. In an op-ed for today's Wall Street Journal, the British PM announces a raft of initiatives designed to fortify the "special relationship," from business link-ups to a joint cancer research program.

This morning Brown will address the United Nations in New York, and he will sit down with bankers on Wall Street to encourage them to help alleviate the pressures of the credit crunch on consumers. Later this week Brown will meet with President Bush, Ben Bernanke, and all three presidential candidates. The trip concludes with a major address in Boston on reforming international institutions.