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So why didn't they invite their good friend Gordon?

The 'they' in this context being Angela Merkel and Sarkozy, urging the Eurocitizenry to vote on Thursday in a contributed article in Die Welt / Journal du Dimanche.

While bashing Brown is fun for all the family, it might be argued that Zapatero and Berlusconi were excluded from the loop too, so probably no snub was intended. Alternatively, he took one look at the text and had a fit of the vapours:

"We want a European Union which favours research and innovation, care of a renewed Lisbon strategy, which encourages economic cooperation, which develops true policies for immigration, energy, defence and reinforces and modernises common policies, especially agricultural policy....Unrestrained free markets have failed. This failure has led to the crisis which we face today. The model we want is that of the responsable market economy, which privileges the entrepreneur and the employee over the speculator and long term investment over immediate profit".

And there's more:

"We call upon the EU to use June to take the first decisions to build true pan-European financial regulation, founded on regulatory cooperation and co-ordination. We want an exemplary Europe when it comes to speculative funds, tax havens and executive pay".

"We are utterly convinced that public debt is too great a burden to be left to future generations. Once the turning point in this crisis has been reached, we must again find a way to keep public finances sustainable".

"We have faith in the Irish to choose Europe".

"We will reinforce our common defence and security policy. We want a strong EU which shows the way in setting an example in all the important areas. Europe can play a leading role in the world".

And my favourite bit:

"We call upon all Europeans to vote in the Euro elections. There is no better way to support the objective of a stronger EU in a more stable world".

As ever, any or all grotesque mistranslations are my doing. Meanwhile, do not let it be said that Nico and Ange didn't give us a fairly clear heads up.

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