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A testing week for Merkel and Brown Will Chancellor Merkel of Germany, and Gordon Brown, with his leadership of the UK almost a certainty, have the mettle to stare down the US over the Wolfowitz debacle in the next few days? Merkel is the US to meet Bush tomorrow and will no doubt face questions on the issue. So far Germany has been the strongest of the European nations in calling for him to go. Wednesday will be Browns first public opportunity- on a panel he is due to share with Wolfowitz himself.

On that day a high profile conference on Education for All will take place in Brussels. Before the recent events overtook the agenda, the main news was that despite Mr Brown's best efforts his G7 colleagues have completely failed to increase their aid to education.

Now rumor has it that Mr Wolfowitz will not turn up. Either way, no doubt the assembled press will be keen to hear Mr Brown's views, not just on Mr Wolfowitz but also on his long-standing public position that the next president of the World Bank should be democratically chosen.

'Barry White' ~ April 29, 2007

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