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France, Germany push for 'Robin Hood' tax, seen falling short of early goal

France and Germany led a group of countries on Tuesday in pushing for a tax on financial trading although the levy is set to fall far short of what was pledged at the height of the financial crisis and may be pared back further.
Reuters: May 6, 2014

Merkel ally warns against 'wrong signal' to France on deficit

One of Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief allies in parliament on Wednesday criticised the centre-left candidate for European Commission president, Germany's Martin Schulz, for saying France should get more time to cut its public deficit.
Reuters: April 9, 2014