France, Germany Split on Solution

Dispute centers on the European Central Bank's role in the rescue plan.

France and Germany wrangled over how to tackle Europe’s debt crisis a day before a finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels intended to set a common strategy on dealing with the turmoil.

With a summit of European leaders scheduled for two days later, a disagreement over the European Central Bank’s role in the rescue plan threatens to stymie progress on the banking and economic questions needed to deliver the comprehensive strategy demanded by global policy makers. Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs the group of euro-area finance ministers, indicated an impromptu meeting of European leaders in Frankfurt last night failed to resolve differences. “We are still meeting,” he said as he departed.

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