Hollande Says Euro Banking Union is First Step to Budget Union

French President Francois Hollande said the proposed banking union agreed at the June 29 European summit is the “first step to a budgetary union, which will open the way to stability, growth, and tighter ties.”

He said France and Germany must defend the euro with “strict rules and powerful instruments.”

Hollande spoke in the eastern French city of Reims alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the German-French reconciliation treaty.

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