The G20's Chance Meeting

The French have a phrase to describe the carefully crafted rhetoric that politicians use when they have nothing much to say or want to paper over fundamental differences. They call it "langue de bois" — wooden tongue — and, unfortunately, we are entering a period in which official tongues will be even more thickly wooden than usual. The main reason for that is the summit of world leaders scheduled to take place on April 2 in London. Billed as a crucially important event for the future of the global economy when it was first called just four months ago, it's now...

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