EU Reforms: Angela Merkel vs. Europe

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Divided yet united was a theme of the European Union’s meeting in Brussels on December 19 and 20. On economic policy, the member states showed unification with each other against Germany, but for varying reasons.

At the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for contractual agreements that promote economic reform. Prior to the summit, Merkel spoke before Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. Deutsche Welle covered the speech in which she said that even though there are signs of recovery in countries like Ireland and Spain, the EU needed to implement laws that add extra protections for the health of the single currency.

For Germany, ”one of the most important issues” in the coming years will be European policy, Merkel explained. She said the recommendations were viewed by other EU members in a ”more or less in a friendly way,” but they needed to be formalized. When she reached the summit, friendly was not the vibe being sent by other politicians.

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