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French-German split over G20 agenda

French president Francois Hollande wants the G20 to consider whether the Euro is overvalued. Via Reuters:

France will raise concerns about the strength of the euro's exchange rate at talks among euro zone finance ministers next Monday and at a mid-February meeting of G20 economic powers, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said....

His finance minister said he would broach it with other euro zone finance ministers at a meeting next Monday and then at Russian-chaired talks among G20 ministers on February 15 and 16.

Germany is not pleased.

The Multilateralist

More acquittals by international courts

The international tribunal charged with investigating crimes committed in Rwanda today handed down two acquittals. Via BBC:

A UN-backed court has overturned the genocide convictions of two Rwandan former ministers and ordered their immediate release.

Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza had been sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2011 for complicity, and incitement, to commit genocide.

Those decisions add to a string of recent acquittals by international courts. Last month, the International Criminal Court released from custody former Congolese militia commander Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui after his acquittal. In November, the international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo. Appeals judges at the same tribunal also overturned the conviction of two former Croatian generals.