Leaders of European Union states were meeting Sunday on a strategy to hold the bloc together, even though some are far poorer than others and unable to offer rescue plans to their troubled industries. The leaders were expected to reject protectionist measures that could divide richer members such as France from eastern states such as Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. Still, German Chancellor Angela Merkel strongly opposed the idea of a multibillion-dollar bailout of the poorer states.
Basking in a lavish birthday party in his honor, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe said farms confiscated from white landowners "will not be returned" and the few still operating "have no place here." Mugabe also told supporters at the $250,000 event that "I am still in control ... so nothing much has changed," even though his government now is a partnership with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. New Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC didn't attend the party.