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... The same logic applies with respect to France, principal partner of Germany. The fact that Merkel has chosen not to suck up to Hollande, but to treat him as an adversary, is the story.

It hasn't got much press in France, which is a shame, because it can only be good for Hollande.

Un front anti-Hollande de dirigeants européens ? - LeMonde.fr An anti-Hollande front of European leaders? - LeMonde.fr
Pierre Moscovici, son directeur de campagne, avait dénoncé sur RTL une "pression conservatrice inédite dans l'histoire de l'Europe". "Il y avait des traditions, notamment entre la France et l'Allemagne, qui existaient depuis très longtemps et qui étaient que le chancelier, ou la chancelière, ou le président français quand c'était le cas inverse, recevait les principaux candidats des deux camps, a-t-il déclaré. Ca c'est toujours fait. Parce que l'amitié franco-allemande, et l'Europe, doivent dépasser les frontières partisanes. Ca n'a pas d'importance, parce qu'il les rencontrera après avec la légitimité du peuple français s'il a été élu, mais c'est quand même un recul." Pierre Moscovici, [Hollande's] campaign manager, had denounced a on RTL "conservative pressure unprecedented in the history of Europe" . "There were traditions, especially between France and Germany, which existed for a long time and were the Chancellor, or Chancellor, or the French president when it was the opposite case, received the main candidates for two camps, he said. It is always done. Because Franco-German friendship, and Europe, must trump partisan boundaries. It does not matter, because he will meet later with the legitimacy of the French people, if elected, but it's still a regression. "


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 08:55:45 AM EST
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It hasn't got much press in France, which is a shame, because it can only be good for Hollande.

Given the ownership of media, that is an explanation, not a shame.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 12:48:17 PM EST
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