uncertainty at the heart of the European Union.Speculation is rife that the outcome will discourage economic reform in other countries.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso voiced the concerns of many by calling for a quick end to the deadlock: “Without a dynamic Germany Europe cannot recover. I urge the German leaders to find as soon as possible a stable solution for Germany, because we need a strong and dynamic Germany in Europe.” Political and financial questions remain in suspense, including agreement on the European Union’s long-term budget. A Barroso spokeswoman was asked during a press briefing if he had congratulated Angela Merkel. Francoise le Bail said he was waiting for the name to be released of the person who would take up the job of chancellor.