German Chancellor Merkel shakes hands with French President Hollande at the Chancellery in Berlin

 
German Chancellor Merkel shakes hands with French President Hollande at the Chancellery in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with French President Francois Hollande at the Chancellery in Berlin, May 15, 2012. Hollande called for a European pact for growth to balance out German-driven austerity measures in his inaugural address on Tuesday, hours before taking his challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Sworn in with all the pomp of the French Republic, Hollande won support from Germany's opposition Social Democrats (SPD), who vowed to use their parliamentary blocking power to delay ratifying a European budget discipline treaty until Merkel accepts accompanying measures to boost growth and jobs. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)