Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed amending European treaties to tighten rules on deficit spending and water down provisions demanding investor losses.
In a joint letter to European Union President Herman Van Rompuy, the French and German leaders said they want a decision at an EU summit starting tomorrow so that the measures can be ready by March 2012.
The new treaty should call for “automatic consequences” for euro-zone members with deficits over 3 percent of their economic output. The treaty should “make clear that Greece required a unique and exceptional solution” and that other euro-area members “reaffirm their inflexible determination to honor fully their own individual sovereign signature.”
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