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French Exasperation: Germany Must Make Up Its Mind On European Debt

Op-Ed: Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel were able to hammer out a deal late last week over a new bailout for Greece. The agreement, however, is shaky – and will remain so until the German Chancellor is willing to take a clear stand on the issue.

Germany's Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy of France
Germany's Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy of France
Dominique Seux

A meeting between France and Germany over the Greek debt crisis has eased the panic that set in last week among political leaders and international markets. Last Friday in Berlin, French President Nicolas Sarkozy once again prevented his German counterpart, Angela Merkel, from withdrawing the help the European Union (EU) was about to offer the Greeks. The political wrestling match predicted by many did not take place: the two heads of state left each other all smiles.

The agreement reached adopts many of the French proposals. Greece will benefit from a new bailout. Banks will participate in the rescue but on a voluntary basis. And the European Central Bank's advice will be taken into account.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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