EU insists eastern Europe doesn't want bailout

March 1, 2009 18:53

Top European Union officials said at the end of summit talks that eastern European nations don't want a special rescue program for their region. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the ten eastern states of the bloc "do not want a program just for them" because different nations had different problems. Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek says the European Union will not leave any nation "in the lurch." Topolanek chaired Sunday's crisis talks on Europe's troubled economies. EU nations agreed that governments should make sure that bailouts for banks or car makers should not be protectionist or hurt the economies of other members in the 27-nation bloc.

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