Merkel and Hollande's date with destiny – and they insist the chemistry is working
Tuesday 22 January 2013
France and Germany marked half a century of post-war partnership with celebrations and grand displays of unity in Berlin today despite serious differences over a common vision for the future of Europe and its single currency.
Before attending a celebratory concert at the Berlin Philharmonic, the two parliaments held a crowded joint session in Berlin's revamped Reichstag building to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Élysée Treaty by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.
The landmark accord sealed post-war reconciliation between the former enemy nations, which had been at war with each other three times in less than a century. French President François Hollande said the euro crisis had been "virtually overcome", while Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that, contrary to several reports, the chemistry between the leaders "actually worked".
Commentators have remarked, however, that the Franco-German motor – once the driving force behind the European project – is hardly revving. Mr Hollande and Ms Merkel still have to resolve the euro crisis. Mr Hollande remains a strong advocate of growth while Ms Merkel continues to insist on austerity.
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery rumours: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Eleven members of same family hospitalised after eating deadly pufferfish
FCKH8: YouTube reinstates provocative anti-sexism video showing young girls swearing
Phone-hacking: The Piers Morgan connection - Mirror admits some stories during Morgan's tenure may have been obtained by illegal means
Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year
£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...