France's indecent proposal is an affront to policymaking

France's plan to press Germany for more fiscal stimulus isn't just informed by spurious logic -- it's also economic blackmail.

This week, the French ministers for finance and the economy were visiting Berlin. Probably aware of the frosty reception Prime Minister Manuel Valls received on an earlier trip to Germany (An acid test for French-German diplomacy, 25 September), they decided to announce their visit with a deliberate provocation.

In a joint interview with the conservative German broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Michel Sapin and Emmanuel Macron made an indecent proposal to their German colleagues they were going to meet.

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