"After this summit is over, let's just order Thai food and watch Bridget Jones." They chat on the phone everyday and make dinner dates. They laugh at each other's jokes. And sometimes, Europe's most powerful friendship makes continent-shaking moves.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have been pushing this week for a package of EU reforms intended to strengthen fiscal responsibility, end the eurocrisis, and reassure eurosceptics about financial integration. With British Prime Minister David Cameron's refusal to accept the package, Europe's best-known buddies found themselves claiming a victory all on their own. As Merkel put it, "I have always said, the 17 states of the eurogroup have to regain credibility. And I believe with today's decisions this can and will be achieved."
Merkel and Sarkozy, whose bond was reportedly on the rocks earlier during the crisis, returned to the partners they have become somewhat famous for being. The duo's friendship is strong -- Merkel gave Sarkozy's newborn baby a teddy bear recently -- that we know. But while we at Foreign Policy can't read minds and figure out exactly what they're thinking, we can certainly try.
Above, Sarkozy welcomes Merkel to a working lunch at the Elysee palace on Dec. 5 in Paris.