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France, Germany, and the EU

November 11, 2009

This week has seen both the joyful celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the somber commemoration of the end of the First World War.  European politicians have been using these events as opportunities to meet and create a new Europe, as French President Sarkozy was in Berlin on Monday and today saw the first visit by a German Chancellor to Paris for Armistice Day events.  Pundits are speculating that the two European leaders are using these visits to work out a common position before the EU summit on November 19th, which will name two new and potentially powerful figures, the EU President and EU foreign relations chief.  The timing is very poignant, as not only were France and Germany enemies in 1918, but France was also unsure of German Reunification in 1989, and now the two largest EU members again appear to be the engines of the EU.

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