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Asked if the Prime Minister would change his travel arrangements next week if there was a second meeting of the European Council, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said the President of the European Council had not confirmed a further European Council meeting. He added that there had been a statement from the German and French Governments yesterday that talked about a second meeting of Heads of State and Government, but that there it was not clear whether this was for a meeting of Eurozone countries or all 27 European states.

Asked if the UK was peripheral to discussions about the Eurozone considering it was not a member, the PMS said there would be discussions at Ecofin and the European Council about issues that affect all 27 states including bank recapitalisation. Asked if the Prime Minister had, in a recent video conference with Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, discussed the possibility of an extra summit, the PMS said that he understood it may have been discussed. He added that there were a number of meetings scheduled with a view to doing that. Asked for a response to accusations the Prime Minister was not doing enough to broker a deal, the PMS said the Prime Minister had been very active on this matter and had spoken to his counterparts in Europe a number of times in recent days.

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