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Eurointelligence this morning (e-mail bulletin):

Merkel's aim is to do everything to prevent Hollande from gaining European credibility in order to diminish his chances of becoming the next president instead of Nicolas Sarkozy. The chancellor is worried that the Socialist's election will jeopardize the fiscal pact that was signed at last week's EU summit because Hollande has pledged to reopen negotiations on the pact. Cameron who has not signed to the pact is also eager to for Sarkozy to win. The German foreign minister criticised the move and said that Germany should signal that it was willing to work with whomever the French chose to elect. However Merkel's spokesman denied the chancellor had initiated an alliance against Hollande by saying that each head of government decided on his own whether or not to receive the Socialist candidate.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 03:23:01 AM EST
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