«(…) Merkel promised to receive François Hollande “with open arms” and said French-German cooperation was “essential for Europe”. But it is likely that her sentiments would have sounded more heartfelt and convincing if she had been congratulating Nicolas Sarkozy. Essentially, the message was this: Things will be ok. The German Chancellor has set out her conditions to the French President-elect, ruling out any renegotiation of the European fiscal pact and any initiatives that will lead to “deficit growth“.
She’s a feisty lady!