Now that Greece's bailout and the framework for a banking supervisor have been taken care of, EU leaders are focussing on reforms -- like boosting economic competitiveness. But so far they've only agreed on a time frame.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls' visit to Germany isn't an easy one given that Franco-German relations are strained to say the least. Ulrike Guerot calls for more understanding from Berlin.
Meeting in Berlin, Germany's Chancellor Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Samaras have said they see signs of progress resulting from structural reforms to Greece's economy. But sovereign debt is still growing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised France's "ambitious" reforms program following talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Merkel said adherence to the European stability and growth pact remained key.
Francois Hollande has expressed his country's support for Iraq's new government. The French president's trip to Baghdad came as France was considering joining a US-led bombing campaign on Islamist extremists.
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