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Analysis: Core problem for Europe as France, Germany drift apart

Even as the euro zone periphery starts to spy some glimmers of hope, concern is mounting that Germany is drifting apart from other countries at the core of the single currency bloc, notably France.

 

Euro-Zone Data Hint at Resilience

The euro-zone economy continued to shrink in October but at a slower pace than in recent months, an early gauge of activity showed, while a rise in consumer sentiment in Germany bolstered hopes that the slowdown there will be brief.

 

Euro Zone Economy Shrinks, Darkening Outlook

The euro zone's two largest economies avoided shrinking between April and June, but the resilience of Germany and France wasn't enough to prevent the currency bloc's economy as a whole from falling back into contraction.

 

For Germany, slow and steady does it

German leaders have a message for their anxious neighbors: Perhaps the euro crisis isn’t so dire after all. A growing chorus of German policymakers say they have years to resolve the euro zone’s problems, even as Italy and Spain press for urgent action to bring down their borrowing costs, which are approaching new heights.

 

In former East Germany, anxious residents resent paying for Europe’s problems

Germany may be Europe’s most powerful economy. But its prosperity is so uneven that Poles just across the border see it differently: as a place where housing is a bargain... The uneasiness here helps to explain the unwillingness voiced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel about proposals that would require her country to dip further into its treasury to help address the rest of Europe’s economic problems.

 

Germany, France draw battle lines over eurozone bonds

Germany dismissed a French-led call for euro zone nations to issue common bonds, a day before a European Union leaders' summit which investors are looking to for new measures to counter the bloc's debt crisis.

 

Setback for Merkel as austerity agenda rejected in Germany's biggest state

Hannelore Kraft

The crushing defeat follows elections that rejected austerity policies in Greece, France and Italy, severely weakening Chancellor Merkel's hand at her first talks with FranCois Hollande, the new French President, in Berlin tomorrow (TUES).

 

Brussels, Berlin tell Europe to stick to austerity

Jose Manuel Barroso

Germany and the European Commission on Tuesday called on EU nations to stick to their promised budget cuts despite mounting voter discontent, but promised some new efforts to boost growth to alleviate economic hardship.

 

Euro up, stock markets mixed after votes in France and Greece

French and Greek Elections

Investors nervous about the changing political winds in Europe initially drove down the euro and sent stock markets falling across the region Monday morning, though markets were bouncing back later in the day following renewed signs of strength in the German economy.

Senh: "On one hand, a number of economists and politicians including Hollande have argued that a single-minded focus on cuts has done more harm than good, driving a number of the region’s economies into recession and sending unemployment soaring. They argue that fiscal restraint should now be paired with new policies also aimed at fueling growth." This is Barack Obama's been doing for the last three and a half years. I guess the French approves of how that's been going to vote in someone who wants to do the same.

 

After 'Merkozy,' what next for Europe?

There has been a great deal of austerity-bashing -- that is to say Germany-bashing -- this French election season. Buoyed by his success in the first round, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande declared last Thursday: "It is not for Germany to decide for the rest of Europe." Vowing to reset Europe on a growth path, he said, "we're not just any country, we can change the situation."

 

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