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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | 01/07/2012

Merkel's secret victory

According to media reports German Chancellor Angela Merkel was virtually blackmailed into making concessions by the heads of government of Italy and Spain at the EU crisis summit at the end of last week. In truth Merkel relented only on formal, unimportant points while secretly scoring a major victory, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: "The Brussels summit was unanimously hailed as a triumph of European common sense over Germany's arrogant pigheadedness. Yet Merkel only made a couple of concessions and achieved more than generally believed. … Because in exchange for her allowances Merkel has pushed through the principle of a European supervisory authority. In the grips of a storm of Euro enthusiasm evderyone rejoiced. But more Europe means less sovereignty. That looks simple on paper but the problems will emerge in the coming months when it becomes clear that - de facto - it's not about yielding sovereignty to Luxembourg or Cyprus but to Germany." 

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