At least she didn’t slap him. The “first date” between new French President and German Chancellor didn’t go that well. Angela Merkel just wanted a gentle encounter, a get-to-know-each-other meeting: she said as much at the opening of their joint press conference in Berlin.
Francois Hollande, on the other hand, was full of ardor — after all he had rushed from the great city of romance, Paris, to see her. And he lay siege immediately, seeking to conquer Frau Merkel with a passionate outline of the kind of Europe he wants to share with her.
She took it well, but with a slightly sour look on her face, maintaining, in short, that they would have lots to discuss. Indeed.