French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 18, 2012 in advance of the G8 and NATO Summits. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

Obama: Europe In ‘Difficult State’ Because They Didn’t Take Decisive Steps Like US

Drawn together in this serene mountain outpost, leaders of the major industrialized nations are prodding Germany to balance its push for European fiscal austerity with doses of stimulus spending to avoid an economic calamity that could reverberate worldwide.


President Barack Obama greets Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev upon arrival for a reception and working dinner at the Laurel Lodge during the G8 summit on May 18, 2012 at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Obama Grapples With G-8 Leaders Over Iran, Syria

President Barack Obama and leaders of other major industrial powers grappled Friday with options to solidify world resolve against development of an Iranian nuclear bomb and encourage a more forceful response to worsening violence in Syria.