French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have made sweeping promises in recent months. The results, however, have been meager. Now the two are demanding a swift recapitalization of European banks. German commentators aren’t buying it.
The euro crisis is escalating again, with growing concern that a looming Greek insolvency could trigger a new banking crisis. Furthermore, apparent divisions between France and Germany on the recapitalization of banks have unsettled investors and there are widespread concerns that Slovakia will block the expansion of the euro bailout fund in a parliamentary vote due later on Tuesday.