The World from Berlin 'The EU Has Finally Opened the Door to Economic Union'

On Wednesday, the European Commission presented tougher sanctions for countries flouting debt rules. The plans, designed to avert another Greece-style crisis, came under scrutiny in the German press on Thursday. Commentators welcomed a more powerful Brussels -- assuming that countries can agree on the small print.
"There is no such thing as a free lunch. There is also no such thing as a free deficit," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said.

"There is no such thing as a free lunch. There is also no such thing as a free deficit," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said.

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