The European People’s Party is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right and its leaders have gathered in Marseille to develop a common strategy ahead of the Brussels summit.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy told delegates that agreement between Paris and Berlin was central to any deal being reached. He also warned that last orders are being served in the last chance saloon: “Without an accord between France and Germany a deal within Europe would be impossible. The conclusions to draw from this are simple, more solidarity within the eurozone and more discipline and governance in the eurozone. One problem remains however, when must a decision be made? Immediately, my dear friends, because if we don’t agree on Friday there’ll be no second chance.”
Sentiments shared by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel who told delegates that there were no foregone conclusions despite France and Germany making clear their positions.
“Even if Germany and France have made propositions, we will still discuss them all together. And as Jose Manuel Barroso reminded us today, we should not cultivate the national egos, but instead find a good solution for all of us,” she said.