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France, Germany seek new EU treaty

12-06-2011 07:48 BJT

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are calling for a new European Union treaty to ensure that the eurozone debt crisis never happens again. After their meeting in Paris, the two leaders said they would prefer a treaty agreed by all 27 EU members, but would also accept one among just the 17 countries that use the euro.

Going for the handshake, but getting a kiss.

It may be only a greeting, but investors are watching every move by the leaders of France and Germany.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) welcomes visiting German Chancellor Angela
Merkel at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France, Dec. 5, 2011. Sarkozy and
Merkel met in Paris to thrash out a plan to save the euro. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Later this week the EU aims to hammer out a master plan for recovery.

And at last, France and Germany seem to agree on a solution.

French President, Nicolas Sarkozy said: "The Franco-German agreement is very complete. It will be written up in a letter and presented to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday...We want to make sure that the imbalances that led to the situation in the euro zone today cannot happen again."

The solution, they say, is a new treaty -- binding in the core 17 euro states but open to all 27 members of the EU.

Gone is the idea of a common euro area bond to share the pain of struggling nations.

And in its place, strict budget rules and sanctions -- for countries with deficit of more than 3 percent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We are in a difficult situation and we need to regain confidence, the acceptance of whether we are trustworthy in the euro zone, if we can live up to our responsibilities. As the belief that we can be taken at our word has suffered, many are worried about whether they can rely on us. And so at the summit on Friday we need to regain some of this confidence."

For the plan to get approval it still has to run the gauntlet of yet another EU Summit later this week.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, smiles as he greets German Chancellor Angela
Merkel prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday Dec. 5, 2011.

 

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Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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