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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, May 7, 2012

Merklande better than Merkozy

Hollande's victory is a good thing because it provides a broader basis for the Franco-German duo's European policy, writes the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung: "As opposed to 'Merkozy', 'Merklande' covers both the liberal-conservative and the social democratic spectrum in Europe. As a grand coalition they can ensure that Franco-German requirements are accepted by the other nations. An understanding with Hollande will protect the chancellor from becoming an isolated hegemonist within the EU. In Hollande Merkel has a partner with whom she can tackle the challenges facing Europe: restructuring the states' finances and developing a social model that is viable in today's world. If the two are successful the European success story will continue. If they fail, the citizens' fear, frustration and anger could sweep a national populist into the Élysée in 2017.

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