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Merkel to Hollande: 'The eurozone looks to us'

The Local · 8 May 2012, 16:07

Published: 08 May 2012 16:07 GMT+02:00

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"It is up to us to take the necessary decisions for the European Union and the eurozone, to prepare our societies for the future and protect and advance prosperity in a sustainable way," Merkel wrote in a letter which also congratulated Hollande on his poll victory.

Merkel noted that Hollande was assuming power in the European Union's number two economy, "at a time full of challenges".

"I am sure that our cooperation will continue to strengthen and deepen the traditionally close friendship between our peoples as we look ahead to the 50th anniversary of the Elysee treaty" between France and Germany next January, she said.

"I look forward to continuing with you on the path of assuming our shared responsibility for Europe and to working for the benefit of our countries and Europe," Merkel said.

Merkel said Monday that she would welcome Hollande with "open arms" when he makes his first foreign trip as president to Berlin, most likely on Wednesday 16, the day after he officially assumes his role as president.

But she also made clear she had no plans to renegotiate the fiscal pact setting tough budgetary rules for EU states that she spearheaded, despite calls by Hollande to rework it to do more to foster growth.

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17:42 May 8, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Yes and the results of recent elections in France, Greece, Germany and possibly the future referendum in Ireland all goes to show that people are fed up with how it is being handled by Angie and Co.
21:23 May 8, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"Merkel to Hollande: 'The eurozone looks to us'"

Hollande to Merkel: 'Thought I blocked you on FB'.
09:08 May 9, 2012 by auniquecorn
Good one Bigfoot76
13:59 May 9, 2012 by michael4096
@Berlin - you forgot the elections in the UK which showed exactly the same!

However, the UK has nothing to do with Angie and Co.

People don't like austerity measures. Registering a vote of disapproval is free - why not? The voters feel better and politicians can all run around flapping like chickens saying "We get it! We get it!" and life goes on as before. It's not like anybody has a clue what else to do to solve the problems.
21:05 May 13, 2012 by stablemate77
this guy hollande looks like more stupid than the last prez of france....
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