Two versus 'La Merkel' Italy and France Team Up against Germany

Germany has long insisted that austerity be the primary strategy used in confronting the ongoing euro-zone debt crisis. Italy has now joined France in demanding a more nuanced approach, with Prime Minister Monti presenting his ideas to Chancellor Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti have a lot in common.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti have a lot in common.

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