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What do summits achieve?

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 09 November 2010

The war of words seems to be intensifying ahead of the global G20 summit. But what do events like this ever actually achieve? Our economics correspondent Andrew Walker - who's been to them all - gives us his considered view.

And after months of mutual fear and loathing within the Eurozone, we meet a Greek and a German who actually quite like each other. Elena Panaritis and Dr Markus Kerber are both economists who have the ear of their governments' finance ministers, and both are urging a new spirit of dogged solidarity amongst Europe's citizens.

Plus how much does running an army cost in Africa? It turns out to be a tough question to answer, according to our regular letter-writer, Wycliffe Muga.


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