21 OCT 2010
Bt Derek Scally in Berlin | Irish Times
GERMAN CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner has accused her of having been “bamboozled” by France over reform plans for the euro zone stability pact.
The so-called Deauville deal was dismissed as a “sham” by the German press yesterday and called into question by the Free Democrats (FDP), Dr Merkel’s junior coalition partner.
“The agreement left us gaping,” said FDP general secretary Christian Lindner. “Despite other progress, this compromise may be too soft to guarantee a hard euro.”
Ahead of the Deauville meeting, expectations were high in Germany that Dr Merkel would push through new rules to trigger sanctions automatically following future breaches of a reformed stability pact.
Dr Silvana Koch-Mehrin, a Free Democrat MEP, said Dr Merkel had been “bamboozled” and had misled the German people.
“She said Germany would give Greece billions but the stability pact would be tightened up in exchange,” she told Die Welt newspaper. “Merkel has broken that promise.”
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