The World from Berlin 'Merkel and Sarkozy Are Viewed with Suspicion'

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy were keen to present a show of unity at their Thursday summit in a bid to convince markets that the euro zone is in safe hands. But tensions lay below the surface, with Angela Merkel's continued opposition to euro bonds and a greater role for the ECB. Europe needs a strong Franco-German duo more than ever, argue German commentators.
Friends: Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy make a show of strength with Italy's new prime minister, Mario Monti.

Friends: Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy make a show of strength with Italy's new prime minister, Mario Monti.

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-- SPIEGEL International Staff