It’s not for Germany to decide for the rest of Europe… If I am elected president, there will be a change in Europe’s construction. We’re not just any country: we can change the situation.
The faintly Petaniste era of Merkozy is over. “There will be no more talk of a virtuous North and a sinner South. There will be a Europe of countries with their history and character, each with their strengths and weaknesses,” said Hollande ally Arnaud Montebourg.
As for Germany, we will find out what its pro-European rhetoric means when it no longer calls the shots. Or put another way, the epicentre of Europe’s political crisis may soon be Germany itself.