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No welcome mat for Hollande from Merkel
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No welcome mat for Hollande from Merkel

Published: 04 Mar 2012 11:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2012 11:00 GMT+01:00

According to Der Spiegel magazine, Merkel and the leaders of Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom have agreed not to receive Sarkozy's challenger because Hollande is campaigning on a platform of re-opening euro talks if elected.

After much negotiation, the euro fiscal pact was signed this week by 25 European Union members.

Merkel has already announced her support for Sarkozy's campaign. The Merkel-Sarkozy relationship has grown so close during the financial crisis that the media has dubbed them "Merkozy."

The French presidential elections are scheduled for April 22. A probable run off is set for May 6. Hollande has been leading Sarkozy in the polls, but Sarkozy has been catching up recently.

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Your comments about this article

07:54 March 5, 2012 by Louis Prince
I don't know Hollande's politics all that well, but as far as I can realise he is a slightly more extreme socialist (like communsits) and Merkel is more a kind of Keynesian bending to the socialist side.
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