'Poets and Alchemists' Berlin and Paris Undermine Euro Stability

Market uncertainty over the future of the euro has returned, but that hasn't stopped France from flouting European Union deficit rules. Berlin is already busy hashing out a dubious compromise.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande: The German chancellor is unlikely to seek a collision course with France over its budget deficit.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande: The German chancellor is unlikely to seek a collision course with France over its budget deficit.

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Graphic: France continues to violate EU deficit rules.

Graphic: France continues to violate EU deficit rules.

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