Counting the Cost
Team Europe
Gordon Brown and John Bruton explain why they think teamwork is essential if Europe is to overcome its woes.
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2010 13:54 GMT

As Europe's economic woes continue, the latest idea coming from some major economic minds is "teamwork".
According to them, there can be no recovery on the continent unless everyone works together. Fixing the problems of any one country will not make the Eurozone or currency any more secure.
This week on Counting the Cost, we hear from some of those minds:
Gordon Brown: the UK's last Labour prime minister was also finance minister for 10 years. He gives us his economic viewpoint, after remaining largely quiet since leaving office.

John Bruton: Ireland's prime minister from 1994 to 1997, the first years of Ireland's massive economic growth. He tells us how this was perhaps the crisis that needed to happen, so that the hidden flaws in the system could be fixed.

Plus, we look at the future of oil in Sudan, with a referendum on southern secession just a month away; the potential for solar power in the UK, where the sun famously does not shine; and the real effects of climate change in the Amazon basin.

This episode of Counting the Cost aired from Friday, December 10, 2010.

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