French resistance to staying the course spells trouble for Germany's prudence

Germany has always tried, and frequently failed, to avoid a war on two fronts. The 'can't-pay, won't-pay' rebellion gaining momentum in a now rudderless Greece was bad enough.

12th May, 2012
Angela Merkel: against a spending programme. Photo: Getty

Germany has always tried, and frequently failed, to avoid a war on two fronts. The 'can't-pay, won't-pay' rebellion gaining momentum in a now rudderless Greece was bad enough. But this time, it's France, not Italy, which has changed sides, the French electorate having rejected Nicolas Sarkozy's austerity for François Hollande's call to put growth first.

Hollande's election campaign included a demand for the renegotiation of the fiscal pact and now, armed with a...

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