'All a Misunderstanding' Germany Denies Plans to Clear Roma Settlements

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday that Chancellor Merkel told him Germany was preparing to clear Roma camps in the coming weeks. The denial from Berlin was unmistakable. The remarks come after a tense European Union summit in Brussels that saw many leaders fall out with Sarkozy over France's treatment of the Roma minority.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the European Union summit in Brussels.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the European Union summit in Brussels.

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