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yks 6nnetu hing
12-06-2011, 05:53 AM
In the time of Brangelina and Bennifer a new union is formed - that of Merkozy (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/8933666/Meet-Merkozy-as-Nicolas-Sarkozy-and-Angela-Merkel-try-to-unite-to-save-the-euro.html):
Meet Merkozy - as Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel try to unite to save the euro
Kim Willsher in Paris and Allan Hall in Berlin

He sends her wine and gives her fine French cheese. She sends him teddy-bears.

At last, after years of antipathy verging on outright hostility, the on-off relationship of Europe's most unlikely couple looks set to be consummated this week.

Angela Merkel, 57, and Nicolas Sarkozy, 56, are currently thrashing out the final pre-nuptial arrangements for the political marriage of convenience that will save the euro and possibly Europe. Tomorrow the two leaders meet again, in Paris, to see whether they can agree final terms for a closer union that could save the euro.

"Together we will make proposals to guarantee Europe's future," Mr Sarkozy said last week.

For the markets and the millions whose economic prospects depend on them, scrutinising the bumpy progress of relationship between the couple that the French press has now dubbed "Merkozy" has become crucial.

The arranged marriage, which at times resembles a shotgun wedding, will see both Germany and Francecommit, for better or for worse, to a deeper European Union and accept a greater sharing of their worldly goods through more EU federalism.

As a suitor, the French president has shown impeccable Gallic charm. Realising that his normal hand-kissing, touchy-feely approach cuts no ice with the frosty Frau Merkel, he changed tack and began sending her cases of finest Bordeaux and a respectably dry white wine.

More recently, on learning that she sometimes queues up in Galeries Lafayette the French department store in Berlin, for French cheese, he picked some up in Paris to present to her when they next met.

In return, she recently gave him a Steiff teddy bear for his newborn daughter Giulia - a more lukewarm gesture, admittedly, from the Teutonic bride-to-be.

In recent weeks, as their partnership blossomed in the spotlight of various summits and emergency meetings, the phone lines between Berlin and Paris have been buzzing.

"They call each other all the time. Each important decision is run past the other for approval," confirmed the Elysée palace last week.

Since she doesn't speak French, nor he German, the language of love when all is going smoothly is English. When the arguments start, though, both revert to their mother tongue and the interpreters must be called in.

The French press reported with the breathlessness normally reserved for celebrity news, that there had been "little moments of tenderness" between the pair and with a certain anxiety that Frau Merkel seemed to have the upper hand in the partnership.

Le Parisien discovered that the two had unexpectedly found themselves in the same hotel corridor in Cannes' Hotel Majestic during last month's G20 summit, at 2.30am.

"Before returning to their rooms they stood there prattling away for 10 minutes without advisors, without translators," it reported one German official saying. "They were like an old couple," it added, summing up in six short words, the cross-cultural divide in matters of the heart.

"I've been spending more time with Angela than I have with my wife," Mr Sarkozy joked after the summit.

Mr Sarkozy may be all charm to Mrs Merkel's face, but behind her back he lapses into less than gallant complaining that she is like a "diesel" car, plodding along, and that she lacks imagination. "It's very simple. She always comes around to my ideas... but three months later," he told French journalists recently.

That they are always rowing about Europe, finance and politics is nothing new. But when Mr Sarkozy turns personal, colleagues say Mrs Merkel feels hurt. His recent aside that Mrs Merkel "says she is on a diet and then has a second helping of cheese", was said, by German officials, to have been a particularly low blow.

As with many couples, money is at the heart of the discord. In short, Mr Sarkozy wants Germany to pay the costs of rescuing the euro, while Mrs Merkel argues that Germany cannot afford to do this, even if it wanted to - and that Mr Sarkozy must be prepared to submit his finances (along with those of other EU family members) to German scrutiny for that even to be a possibility.

In a recent biography of Mr Sarkozy, French magazine editor Franz-Olivier Giesbert recounted an exchange between the two at a European summit. 'We are made to get on," says the French president. "We are the head and legs (of the EU)."

"No, Nicolas," replies the chancellor. "You are the head and legs. I am the bank."

An American diplomatic memo published by Wikileaks suggested the Merkozy partnership is an attraction of opposites. Mr Sarkozy, nicknamed Super Sarko the Omnipresident after his election in 2007, is mercurial, impulsive, and has a notoriously short fuse. "Just being in a room with Sarkozy is enough to make anyone's stress levels increase," read the 2007 U.S. cable.

Mrs Merkel, on the other hand, has degrees in physics and quantum chemistry, and a personality that embodies caution and a deliberate, bordering on ponderous approach to problem solving. The German chancellor will not be rushed into anything by her impetuous French partner and tends to become irritated by his grandstanding and publicity seeking, not to mention the way he cannot keep his hands to himself.

The European summit meeting this week could be decisive in moulding the future of the EU, with analysts suggesting France and Germany are moving towards the idea of a two speed Europe with Berlin and Paris in the driving seat.

The Merkozy couple may disagree on exactly how to drag the euro zone out of the sovereign debt crisis, but are together in principle, on the idea that the eurozone countries needed to go further along the road to a fiscal union in order to avoid future disasters. Mrs Merkel firmly believes national governments have to more closely coordinate their policies in order to have "a common stable currency", and Mr Sarkozy has begun increasingly echoing the same line over the past few weeks.

Mr and Mrs Merkozy have little in common and are an unlikely match. They shout and argue then kiss and make up and send each other personal presents. And they stomp off in a huff to separate rooms after a row. Just like millions of other couples really.

Britain's Cameron tried to butt in and object to various bits but was told to butt out again. Or rather, so use Sarkozy's words, he "missed a perfect opportunity to shut up"

in other news, Belgium (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204083204577080490225271020.html) has a government! After 541 days, Di Rupo, a descendant of Italian immigrants, has sucessfully negotiated the new government. Not only is he the first French-speaking PM in more than 20 years, he's the first openly gay PM in Europe. Although, not the first openly LBGT one, as that honour goes to the PM of Iceland: Johanna Sigurdadottir (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3hanna_Sigur%C3%B0ard%C3%B3ttir)

12-06-2011, 07:56 AM
LOL, i can't say I trust it very much. That's why i got some dollars to at least pay for the hotels for JordanCon :)

and lol, i didn't know Di Rupo was gay. (not that i have been paying much attention to him anyway,.

yks 6nnetu hing
12-06-2011, 08:20 AM
LOL, i can't say I trust it very much. That's why i got some dollars to at least pay for the hotels for JordanCon :)

and lol, i didn't know Di Rupo was gay. (not that i have been paying much attention to him anyway,.

well... a lot of the panic is a bit too late, if you ask me. Or, to borrow a simile from an Estonian journalist: The Euro-crisis is similar to a big apartment-building where one (or several) apartments are on fire. Now, the apartment-building as a whole doesn't have an agreement on how to put the fires out so there's been a bit of a mess with getting this sorted out. Now, while the row of buckets with water is already going, S&P is piping up: "hey, your building is on fire!"

12-06-2011, 08:37 AM
Well, its better than her last relationship I guess...


yks 6nnetu hing
12-06-2011, 08:40 AM


Zaela Sedai
12-06-2011, 08:26 PM
So all this.... is real?

12-06-2011, 08:30 PM
I am only German (and Swedish)by ancestry but man it would suck to have to prop up the Euro and the EU by extension. Any German born / living in Germany board members pissed off by that?

Well, its better than her last relationship I guess...]


There was always this political ad to lure in the fellas? I remember reading this was really "stirred" some folks up. Pun intentional.

12-07-2011, 02:49 PM
A perfect example of how not to do politics or make decisions in general.

12-07-2011, 03:17 PM
I am only German (and Swedish)by ancestry but man it would suck to have to prop up the Euro and the EU by extension. Any German born / living in Germany board members pissed off by that?
It's not just Germany and France, Res. The Netherlands for instance are also a big net contributor to EU finances. We have a very healthy economy, if not as big as that of Germany, France, Spain or Italy.

There has been discussion here as well about whether or not to "stay in the Euro". Most people by far consider it ludicrous not to. Because no matter the payments and extras to be put in the emergency funds, the gain from increased trade, investment and the reduction of overhead easily outweighs the alternative.

People are generally pissed about most Southern countries' financial mismanagement though. But to be honest, both France and Germany have never themselves honored the budget agreements they set for the Euro zone, so there's definitely some hypocrisy in that.