“Canada’s National Viewspaper“, front page, top of the fold:
Europe snaps back at Harper’s hard line on debt crisis
The president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, reacted tersely when asked to respond to recent comments from Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Europe does not need outside help to stabilize its economy.
“Frankly, we are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy and in terms of how to run an economy because the European Union has a model that we may be very proud of,” Mr. Barroso said…
That’s one European, albeit a significant one. Now Spiegel Online:
Frayed Tempers at G-20
Euro-Zone Leaders Tired of Criticism from Abroad
While euro-zone members are well aware that the crisis affects the entire world, they are becoming increasingly allergic to advice from abroad. On Monday morning [June 18] EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso lost it when a Canadian reporter in shorts wanted to know why the North Americans should be responsible for the problems of rich Europeans. “We are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy,” Barroso fumed. “By the way, this crisis was not originated in Europe. This crisis originated in North America and much of our financial sector was contaminated by, how can I put it, unorthodox practices from some sectors of the financial market.”..
A “Canadian reporter in shorts” (enquiring minds…) and the quote clearly relates to the US, not Canada. The word “Canada” itself never appears in the story. Hmmm. But then–holy news, Globeman!–a real news story:
Canada secures invitation to join coveted Pacific trade talks
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