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Merkel Stands With Hollande to Issue Rallying Cry for EU Unity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande issued a rallying cry for European Union members to put differences aside to address challenges from economic decline to wars in the Middle East.

Hollande said the multiple trials pose an existential threat to the European project as the leaders of the currency union’s two largest economies spoke to the European Parliament in Strasbourg Wednesday. The political theater harked back a quarter century to their predecessors Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand who did the same at a turning point in European history.