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www.politico.eu/article/in-versailles-eus-big-4-back-multi-speed-europe-italy-france-germany-spain

Mar 8, 2017 ... Leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Spain call for greater integration ... The meeting of the Formidable 4 did not include anything special or surprising. ... Rather than bending to the Euroskeptics, it calls for greater ... while Merkel called on the EU to accept “that some countries will go faster than others.

www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/how-merkels-efforts-to-save-europe-may-lead-to-its-undoing/2017/05/03/2b891e86-2f39-11e7-a335-fa0ae1940305_story.html

May 3, 2017 ... She imposes austerity on all the nations of Europe. ... up in elections and populist movements from Britain to Germany, France and Italy: ... In France, Le Pen's attacks have lent an anti-German bent to her National ... [Why Merkel will continue to welcome refugees, despite calling multiculturalism a sham].

www.huffingtonpost.com/george-friedman/italy-germany-and-france-_b_11828036.html

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met Aug. 22 on ... Spain and Portugal were recently given exceptions as well. ... She was not clear on what those results would be. ... An alternative is that he knows he will need EU help on Italy's banks and by ...

uk.reuters.com/article/uk-france-summit-idUKKBN16D2LY

Mar 6, 2017 ... The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain met at the palace of ... deepening of economic and monetary union or tax harmonisation. ... A Europe of different speeds is necessary, otherwise we will probably get stuck," Merkel said. ... of peace may run into danger faster than one might think," she said.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/2453204/Bent-banana-and-curved-cucumber-rules-dropped-by-EU.html

Jul 24, 2008 ... EU rules banning bent bananas and curved cucumbers are set to be ... France, Italy, Spain and Greece opposed the reforms and were ... Mariann Fischer Boel, the European agriculture commissioner, has said that she also wants to scrap a ... to throw (misshapen fruit and vegetables) away or destroy them.

www.dw.com/en/merkel-backs-idea-of-multispeed-europe-at-versailles-meet/a-37833273

Mar 6, 2017 ... The leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Italy have urged a reform of ... "A multispeed Europe is necessary; otherwise we are blocked," she said. "We must have the courage to accept that some countries can move forward a ... path, or creating the multispeed EU endorsed by the major players of the bloc.

www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/10/germany-elections-merkel-effect-europe

Sep 10, 2013 ... As it did with the French elections last year, Spain's conservative government is ... There are red lines that Madrid knows Merkel will never cross: the idea that ... on the rescue plan, and less on the German electorate on which she depends. ... the new chancellor will not try too hard bend backwards to rescue ...

www.economist.com/node/21722735/comments

Ms. Merkel seems to be a very credible leader of Germany. it appears she is .... How can TE claim to speak impartially about Brexit or NATO when it ..... in the US, pro-American military dictators abusing the people of Spain, Portugal, ... have once Germany, France and Italy became industrial powerhouses by the mid- 1970s.

www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/05/melania-trump-donald-slap-swat-saudi-arabia-israel-trip

May 22, 2017 ... Though surely she wants to hold her husband's hand, Melania ... bend to the will of the Saudis or she was disrespecting the country's culture. ... Many female politicians as well as first ladies—from Angela Merkel .... Donald Trump Gives the French First Lady His Latest Cringe-Worthy Compliment Vanity Fair.