Sarkozy, Merkel Wrestle for Leadership

The French President wants the lead role in Europe, but the German Chancellor hopes to keep it and avoid an open fight

There are plenty of ways to reach the pinnacle of politics. The classic option -- being well thought of and having convincing arguments -- is seldom successful. Other methods can often prove more effective: outmaneuver your opponent by either buying him, threatening him or blackmailing him politically.

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