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Continued: Things suddenly get ugly between France and the European Union it helped found

  • Article by: RAF CASERT , Associated Press
  • Last update: June 27, 2013 - 9:21 AM

"The time for an 'ever-closer union' in the EU at all levels is a thing of the past," the government said in a statement last week.

The two-day summit opening Thursday is showing some signs of change in the air that could benefit France.

After years of being dominated by the free-market, debt-cutting and austerity mantra to pull the continent out of recession, the summit will be looking at measures to ease unemployment with government support, even if the funds underpinning the initiative still look paltry compared with the task at hand.

"Where it was austerity and savings the past few years, we will see at the summit much attention for jobs for youngsters and growth stimuli," said Vos.

Perhaps Hollande should take heart that the pendulum is slowly swinging back.

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