FROM Martin Butcher
Afghanistan, Eurozone Questions Linger Despite NATO, G8 Resolve After thousands of protesters clashed with police this weekend, many Chicago businesses encouraged workers to stay home today. Meantime, at the Convention Center, NATO leaders agreed to pull troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with President Obama insisting that "stabilizing" that country is still a "vital" priority. The NATO meeting came hard on the heels of the G8 summit Friday and Saturday at Camp David, which supported the President's call for "growth" as opposed to "austerity" in the Eurozone. Agreements produced by these back-to-back summits could have long-term consequences for Afghanistan and the European economy. We hear what they mean for the US and other Western powers.
Afghanistan, Eurozone Questions Linger Despite NATO, G8 Resolve President Obama hosted back-to-back summits from Friday at Camp David until today in Chicago. The G8 agreed that Greece should stay in the Eurozone, but the battle over "growth versus austerity" is far from over. NATO leaders agreed to pull troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with President Obama insisting that "stabilizing" that country remains a "vital" priority. Will NATO provide the funding required for local police and a national army? Are such meetings all that useful? Did the President get what he wanted? Will the US have to live with continued uncertainty in a rapidly changing world?
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