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Francois Hollande vs. Angela Merkel: A looming war over austerity?

Francois Hollande will not be inaugurated as France's president until May 15, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel is already pouring cold water on the signature promise of his campaign. Proclaiming that "Germany doesn't decide for all of Europe," Hollande had vowed to renegotiate a German-backed fiscal pact designed to shrink the budget deficits of European Union members by employing harsh austerity measures — spending cuts and tax hikes — that are now taking a heavy toll on voters and slowing economic growth.
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