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  • From Merkozy to Merkonti after the French poll?

    05/05/2012 1:42:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 May 2012
    If François Hollande wins the French presidential elections on Sunday, Italy can help forge a rebalancing of the Franco-German couple, especially after Angela Merkel yesterday (3 May) said Europe needs “political courage and creativity rather than billions of euro,” reports EurActiv Italy. “It is important that we break with the idea that growth always costs a lot of money and must be the result of expensive stimulus programs,” Merkel said in an interview due to be published on Wednesday in Hamburg’s Abendblatt newspaper. She added that the eurozone’s recovery would depend on rebuilding national finances as well as structural reforms...
  • Merkel and Sarkozy: The end of the affair?

    03/16/2012 10:00:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.03.12 @ 09:50 | Honor Mahony
    She needed him to soften the impression that Germany alone is leading Europe. He needed her to give the impression France is still, despite its economic difficulties, a political player. … From a frosty beginning their relationship evolved towards mutual respect. They met, bickered, compromised and then decided on eurozone policy. With France struggling to contain its budget deficit and French banks heavily exposed to Greece, Sarkozy embraced Merkel's economic view of the world—austerity measures until a balanced budget is achieved. He brought his admiration for the 'German model' into his electoral campaign. She said she would support Sarkozy in...