Niemiecko-francuskie przywództwo w Unii Europejskiej w okresie rządów kanclerz Angeli Merkel
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German-French Leadership of the European Union in the Period of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Rule
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The author discusses the thesis that in the arduous circumstances of the 21st century France passed the test of cooperation with the united Germany. The French-German “integration engine” scored both successes and failures but did not break down. Germany governed by Chancellor Merkel proved to be a loyal and predictable partner while France during Sarkozy’s presidency did not venture any steps that would strain this cooperation. A real test of the German-French leadership of the EU came with the financial crisis of the eurozone. President Sarkozy understood the situation better and reacted faster to the growing threats whereas Germany owing to internal reasons delayed launching large-scale rescue actions. Nevertheless, the signing of the fiscal union pact was the effect of a compromise between the two partners and yet another proof of the stability of the German-French cooperation.
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