France has reduced its speed limit on two-lane highways to 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph), putting it in the European slow lane with one of the lowest rates across the continent.
Eurogroup head Mario Centeno warns of differing opinions towards a plan by France and Germany to establish a eurozone budget, ahead of a key EU summit to discuss the matter.
In an interview with the Sunday edition of Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Merkel presented her vision of how the eurozone should develop, among many other topics.
Its power is vast - too much so for some people's tastes. And 20 years since its founding, the European Central Bank could soon see the unthinkable happen: a German in charge.