Daily Archives: September 21, 2010

Those looking for gritty details of fraught European politics will enjoy today’s Le Monde newspaper, which delves into the Roma-themed spat that erupted last week.

Its Brussels team has painstakingly recreated the lunch at Thursday’s European summit, the scene of a breath-taking clash between French president Nicolas Sarkozy and European Commission head José Manuel Barroso. Read more

After yet another of their periodic public spats, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel are trying – yet again – to mend fences, this time on the margins of the U.N. poverty conference in New York.

Their mini-summit occurred Monday, less than a week after an E.U. conclave where the French president claimed the German chancellor not only supported his controversial policy of shutting down camps housing impoverished Roma, but that she was also planning on closing similar camps in Germany. Read more