"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.
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"Wait, what happened during this week's Lost?" Sarkozy and Merkel give a press conference on Dec. 5.
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"What is he wearing?" Merkel and Sarkozy make their way to the stage to take a family photo with other G-8 leaders during that group's summit in L'Aquila, Italy, on July 9, 2009.
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"Silvio, don't even think about flirting with Carla Bruni." Merkel gives Berlusconi the evil eye during a press conference following a meeting of EU leaders on Feb. 22, 2009 in Berlin.
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"Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques, Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?" Merkel and Sarkozy applaud at the conclusion of a European elections rally in Berlin on May 10, 2009.
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"Oh, Angie!" Merkel welcomes Sarkozy to the chancellery on March 12, 2009, in Berlin.
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"So Greece may be in the toilet, but have you tried the spanakopita? C'est magnifique!" Merkel and Sarkozy at the German Chancellery in Berlin on Oct. 9, after talks on stabilizing the Euro and battling the Greek debt crisis.
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"You see -- not only does Germany have an amazing export rate. We also have little chefs who make enormous sandwiches." Merkel and Sarkozy pose in front of a restaurant in Straubing, Germany, on June 9, 2008.
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"The crowds love us. We should coordinate our outfits with the German flag more often." Merkel and Sarkozy wave to the crowd at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 17.
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"I'm glad you like long walks on the beach, too." Sarkozy and Merkel stroll at sunset along a beach promenade in Deauville, France, on Oct. 18, 2010.
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