Obama, Brown Push for Urgent G20 Action

President and PM want tougher bank rules to end recession
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2009 6:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama and British PM Gordon Brown today urged G20 members to “do whatever is necessary” to fix the global economic crisis, the Guardian reports. The two world leaders held a joint press conference on the eve of the G20 summit, at which Obama declared “the separation between various parties involved has been vastly overstated."

This sentiment appears to contradict statements by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who plans to stage a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel later today. "As of today, there is no firm agreement in place," Sarkozy told Europe 1 radio. "The conversation is going forward, there are projects on the table. As things stand at the moment, these projects do not suit France or Germany."