No sign yet of Franco-German plan to reform Europe: Report.
DPA Berlin A Franco-German plan to present major reforms to the European Union this month will have to wait, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had said at a summit in December that the two countries wanted to form a joint position on changes to the EU's customs and currency union by this month. "This issue has been called off," an unnamed EU official involved in preparations for a summit on March 23-24 told Der Spiegel. "There is simply nothing to announce," he said. The German side blamed extended coalition negotiations on forming a new government in Berlin as the reason for the delay, he said, although Merkel's first attempt at forming a coalition had already broken down by December. Work on the reforms would"intensify in close partnership with France," a government spokesman told the magazine.
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