Friday, March 16, 2012

Germany Reflects While France Elects

The euro crisis has set German elites to reflecting on what needs to be done to fix the European Union. Angela Merkel has been holding low-key high-level discussions with other leaders. Such a leadership role is new for Germany and potentially significant:

While France is absorbed with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s tough re-election battle against his Socialist challenger, François Hollande, the German political class is engaged in serious discussion about how to deepen economic and political integration without running afoul of an electorate weary of crisis and bailout or a hawk-eyed German constitutional court. 

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