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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Merkel and Sarkozy acting selfishly

The French-German summit in Berlin on Monday has upped the pressure on the other EU countries to undertake reforms and is forcing them to make some quick decisions, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: "We don't have much time for serious discussion on the existential question of whether we're willing to accept limitations on our sovereignty in exchange for being part of the inner core of European integration. The chancellor and the president want to have the treaty on a Union with budget supervision by the end of January. ... Let's disregard the fact that none of the proposals can solve the debt crisis. Budget supervision is above all intended to calm the German public. The financial transaction tax is meant to help Sarkozy get re-elected as president. The pressure is on, and we Czechs must decide what we want. This is a clear step in the direction of a common economic government."

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