May 9th, 2012
11:09 AM ET

How will current woes shape the EU's future?

Although Francois Hollande rode to victory in France on an anti-austerity platform, Germany is standing fast.

Even with a new government in France, Europe's fiscal discipline pact is not up for negotiation, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"It is a basic approach in Europe that we do not change everything we have decided upon already after elections, whether in big or small countries," she said this week. "If that was the case, then we could not work in Europe."

Some say these are possible signs of turbulent times ahead for the European Union, with some calling into question the whole idea of European integration.

In this video report, CNN's Fred Pleitgen takes a look at how the current crisis may shape the EU.

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    White supremacists accused of planning for 'race war' in Florida

    LOOK AT THEIR STUPID FACES THOSE RED NECKS FROM ireland, scot and UK back round are losers and jelous from those who are latinos and others who make good life here , while those thugs busy with the drugs, stealing and killing go back to uk you village idiots you are not americans to start with, you hate the jews like your father hitler did before , you are the gabage of hsitory KKK. FK U all

    May 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Due to the fickleness of the voters and the volatility of the global economies. policy making in the European Union will be based on myopic views and decisions. Leaders would have to play by ear and folloiw the wind direction.

    May 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      The best thing that can happen j.von hettlingen, is to have the Eurozone dissolve itself and each country go back to their own currencies. Let each country fix it's own economy and tell the right-wing thugs in both Washington and London to butt out!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  3. dongszkie

    there is no garanteed exact prediction but a prognosis that the end road is gonna be bleak, and bleak as ever. we may be seing a euro without a zone,very soon.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  4. Benedict

    The parties that lost in Europe‘s elections suffered the backlash of voters,angry of lost of their past.Action:CHANGE!!

    May 10, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
  5. Matt A.

    But George, we have a left wing nut in office. What right wing thug? I do like your free market solution for Europe.

    I wouldn't mind seeing one for America.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
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