EU Meets Over Economic Crisis

Protectionism concerns weigh on leaders
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2009 7:00 AM CST
Czech Republic's Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels last month.   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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(Newser) – European Union leaders have begun an emergency meeting about the economic crisis amid fears of protectionism among nations, the BBC reports. The Brussels summit comes after French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would bail out France’s auto industry if it didn’t send jobs out of the country. “We do not want any new dividing lines,” said the Czech prime minister, the current president of the EU.