Germany and France insist that they both want the UK to remain an active and constructive member of the EU but, they warn, not at any price.
Move comes as French foreign minister Laurent Fabius warns that the chaos in the African country is a risk for all of Europe.
During his election campaign and his first few weeks in office, François Hollande promised to take a different line in Europe, expressing the desire to “reshape” the European Union and promote growth to provide an alternative to German-imposed austerity and structural reforms. But since then the German agenda has re-emerged as the dominant force in the EU, threatening to leave France isolated. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ludovic Lamant wonder what happened to the president’s reformist zeal.
French president calls for like-minded EU countries to proceed with deeper integration, even if it means leaving behind more Eurosceptic states.
Agreement over new watchdog for lenders is key step towards goal of "banking union," the bedrock of a more closely-integrated European Union.
Protesters marched in rally organisers say was aimed at fighting EU-imposed austerity, not criticising the government of President Francois Hollande.
More of French PM's interview with Mediapart: the TSCG, making EU more democratic, cabinet splits and Muslim anger
In this second and final part of his exclusive interview with Mediapart, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault answers the suggestion that he is railroading the democratic process with the adoption of the European Treaty on Stability, Cooperation and Governance (TSCG), sets out his position on the widespread use of tax havens by big banks and corporations, and for greater representation of national parliaments in EU decision-making. He also answers questions on recent domestic issues, including his government's decision to ban demonstrations in protest at the publication by a French magazine of cartoon caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, and the calling to book of his interior minister over his out-of-step comments on racial profiling and the right to vote of of non-EU nationals.
French PM Ayrault slams 'lack of vision' over euro crisis, calls for breathing space for Greece and defends fiscal compact
In this first part of a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Mediapart, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc pledges his government will do its all to keep the euro alive, argues that a delay should be given to Greece to meet its deficit target and answers mounting criticism that he and President François Hollande have capitulated their pro-growth policies with the adoption, without any compromise, of the austerity-promoting European Treaty on Stability, Cooperation and Governance, the TSCG. The French Prime Minister, in an interview conducted in French and translated here into English, calls on the treaty’s opponents to come clean that they want to leave the euro, and claims the election of President Hollande has announced a re-orientation of European policy-making. “I am convinced there has been an enormous degree of political weakness and lack of vision since the start of the crisis,” he comments, adding that European leaders are “beginning to be conscious of the major risks into which we will be plunged if Greece leaves the euro.”
The French press have praised President Francois Hollande for his handling of this week's EU crisis summit.
President Francois Hollande's role leaves him well-placed to win parliamentary support for stiffer budget discipline rules he once swore to rewrite.
France sends EU leaders proposals for a 120 billion-euro 'growth pact', including a financial transaction tax it wants Europe to adopt this year.
New finance minister Pierre Moscovici says there has been a lack of credibility for France over the public deficit and adds: "We're being watched".
The European Commission has sent a message to new French President Francois Hollande that his growth agenda faces severe constraints.
Germany rules out reworking the European Union's 'fiskalpakt' despite calls to do so by Francois Hollande, France's president-elect.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose conservative right Popular Party was elected to government in a landslide victory in November, earlier this month named Luis de Guindos, formerly with Lehman Brothers and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as his new economy minister. The appointment, announced last week, was the latest manifestation of a viral pattern now spreading across Europe, whereby technocrats are filling the posts of national governments and private sector "experts" are shaping EU decision making. Ludovic Lamant reports.