September 19, 2012

France the Next Arena in Euro Crisis

Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, Irish Times

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IN THE diplomatic choreography of the euro zone’s debt crisis, honed over years spent dousing rolling economic wildfires, there’s a familiar pre-summit sequence in which Europe’s power brokers clear their domestic diaries and take to the skies for a round of one-to-one meetings. Their purpose is usually to bridge gaps or put the seal on stances negotiated by officials, but every chancellery is alive to their symbolic value, which makes them useful political weather vanes as well.

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