Well, how about that. The story isn’t too clear on what the ministers agreed on, except that it involved cutting red tape and “freeing Europe from the last vestiges of state monopolies”. Also, the French didn’t like it, so that’s in its favor.
A lot of the talk in the article is about energy deregulation; I wonder if Enron came up. Also, they’re apparently looking to invest in high technology, but if they don’t understand the importance of the profit motive I doubt it will do much good. And the usual gang of idiots was there:
The summit was followed by a march and rally by tens of thousands of protesters who banged drums, blew whistles and carried banners with slogans such as “Terror USA” and “Against A Capitalist Europe.”
Gosh. I don’t know what “Terror USA” means, but I’m guessing it’s not a statement of support for the WTC victims. I suggest — if it’s not too much of an overbearing, white-male, capitalist sort of thing to say — that the protesters explore grammar and syntax. It helps you get your point across.