Gordon Brown is hosting a "European global economic summit" with President Sarkozy and the Commission's President Barroso at Downing Street today. When we ask Mrs Merkel's office why she is not going, the indignant reply is "Ask Gordon Brown why she hasn't been invited".
Ouch. The lady goes up in my estimation. Expect much closer links between the Conservatives and the CDU over the coming months - although, it's actually the FDP, the German Liberal Party, which is closer in outlook and ideology to the Conservatives. I always find it amusing when British Liberal Democrats say how wonderful the FDP is. If they studied its policy platform they would be horrified. It is pure, unadulterated Thatcherism laced with a high degree of social liberalism. If I were a German I would always vote FDP!