Europe tries to fill leadership void in crisis

Timothy Heritage, Reuters, 24.06.2010

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The question has puzzled leaders ranging from Henry Kissinger, said to have once asked who he should call to reach Europe, to Barack Obama. It has become all the more pertinent as the European Union tries to fill what is widely viewed as a leadership vacuum during the euro zone’s sovereign debt crisis. [...]

The French are also uneasy about the relationship and what they regard as a “creeping unilateralism” on the Germans’ part, but they have little choice but to cooperate, diplomats say. "The German-French tandem is not working properly but there is just no other option," said Janis Emmanouilidis of the European Policy Centre think tank. [...]

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