In the loo, metaphorically speaking

Gordon Brown welcomes Stephen Harper back to Europe.

In an interview with The Globe and Mail and other media at 10 Downing St. on the eve of the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, Mr. Brown outlined a “growth strategy for the world” consisting of African development funding, investments in climate-change reduction and reform of global institutions to create a worldwide regulatory framework.

While those ideas have won broad support with the major European nations and U.S. President Barack Obama and are likely to set the agenda at the Italian summit today, they also differ sharply from the aims of Mr. Harper’s government, which has moved away from African aid, avoided a major role in carbon-emissions reduction and shunned the notion of international regulatory bodies.

An updated version of the story softens the Brown v. Harper angle.