It must have been music to Angela Merkel’s ears.
The German Chancellor’s calls for EU treaty changes, imposing tougher budget discipline within the euro zone, have just been echoed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Under pressure from the spiralling euro zone debt crisis, he was speaking just months before facing a bruising fight for re-election.
“Now, in an extreme situation, because it is extreme, after the long path that we have travelled, we must get back to basics and solemnly reassert them,” Sarkozy told supporters in the port city of Toulon.
“That is why France and Germany are fighting for a new European treaty that restructures and rethinks the way Europe is organised.”
Amid rapturous applause, his audience of some 5,000 people seemed to think an overhaul was a good idea.
Britain’s David Cameron, who meets Sarkozy today, may take more convincing. He has said the UK, which is outside the currency bloc, could seek the return of some powers from Brussels to London in exchange for agreeing to any new EU treaty creating a stronger euro zone.
France's Sarkozy seeks new EU treaty