We’re sick of you criticizing us and telling us what to do.
Interpersonal relations between eurozone leaders have hit an all-time low, reflecting sharp disagreements between Germany and France over using the ECB to bailout the euro and presenting an additional obstacle to finding a “grand solution” to Europe’s debt crisis. Nicolas Sarkozy’s “two faced” personality has been cited as a major factor in his dysfunctional relationship with Angela Merkel. During one-to-one, face-to-face meetings with the German Chancellor, the French President is said to be “syrupy”, “ladling on the charm”, but when her back is turned or she leaves the room, Mr Sarkozy changes tack.
Chancellor Merkel is said to have been deeply wounded by one anecdote that Mr Sarkozy is said to have told another head of government about her.
“She says she is on a diet and then helps herself to a second helping of cheese,” the French president allegedly said after a dinner meeting with Mrs Merkel.
Bismarck would have taken a third, and then annexed the French dessert.