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deft at writing communiqués to cover the worst of the cracks. But heir to Charlemagne? When Van Rompuy proposed flying to Berlin during a particularly dangerous moment for the single currency, Angela Merkel told him not to bother. The German chancellor was too busy
House in Frankfurt — once G e r m a n y ’ s m o s t beautiful postwar ruin and now its most stunning recreation — has become a symbol of European rebirth.And it was here, last month, that Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy met the EU’s bureaucratic elite in what would, in another era, be described as a putsch. They had grown tired of eurozone summits, with leaders flying here and there but getting
just how decisive the slimmed-down Frankfurt Group could be when he was denied any bailout money, hastening his likely replacement with Lucas Papademos, a Frankfurttrained former ECB official. Even Barroso had taken the remarkable step of destabilising Papandreou by calling for a coalition, breaking both protocol and the pretence that the EU Commission respected the sovereignty of its member states.
still talks of our European ‘destiny’ — and genuinely believes he can steer the EU to a more pro-market path. This is why there is such excitement in No. 10 about next week’s summit. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, who will chair the gathering, is already implementing some economic reform in Germany, and Nicolas Sarkozy won the French election planning what he describes as a
and the Nazis having the bomb.) When the Greek alarm first sounded in mid-2009 in a report by the IMF, what do you think the elegant Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the towering Sarkozy and the statuesque Merkel did? They did to it what I’d like to do to The Spectator’s deputy editor, squashed it and shoved it into a very dark room where no one could find it. Instead of pricking the boil — or boiling the
Union need to be cautious in our approach to the Scottish one. What is sauce for Alex Salmond’s goose may prove sauce for the European gander. We should not assume, for example, that José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, is telling the truth. Or take the argument that business is opposed to Scottish independence. The CBI and suchlike always favour the current arrangements and fear
the crisis. Under such a scenario, Athens would renege on the commitments made by the last Greek government; Germany would respond by forcing the country out of the single currency; and Angela Merkel would either have to propel the eurozone down the path to fiscal union or accept country after country falling out of it. It is not the official government line to support this denouement. Downing