But investors weren't impressed by the French and German leaders' commitment to greater regional integration. They wanted a bigger bailout fund for the euro, and they didn't get it.
As its economic clout rises, Germany sheds its postwar identity, becoming more assertive in Europe and the world.
A new discourse is emerging in France and Europe that urges a focus on ability – rather than on race or skin.
This weekend, more than 50 elected officials of Turkish descent meet to spur wider political participation among the country's 2.7 million Turkish residents.