The long wait for a new government in Germany has not only frustrated the country's citizens but also the European Union. The EU has been blocked from tackling tough issues as its key player sorts out the uncertainty at home.
In a speech to Germany's parliament, French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a new Franco-German alliance to equip Europe for future challenges. His visit came on Germany's annual war remembrance day.
The French president has praised Philippe Petain as a WWI hero, "shocking" France's Jewish leaders. Petain later collaborated with the Nazis and was responsible for the deportation and death of tens of thousands of Jews.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't offer any new ideas during her long-awaited keynote speech at the European Parliament. The signal she sent was loud and clear, says DW's Bernd Riegert: Wait for my successor.
Finance ministers from the European Union's member states have agreed to measures to help the eurozone better fight against a financial crisis. The reforms stopped short of creating a separate eurozone budget.
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