Europe’s odd couple is unlikely to speed ahead with major EU integration moves, sources say.
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divided on path forward after U.K. voteEuropeans will have to struggle to drag the EU out of the doldrums after Britain's vote Thursday, with a public hostile to further integration while Berlin and Paris are at odds over the way forward. Whatever the results of the British referendum on whether or not to quit the EU, heavyweights France and Germany – both founding members of the bloc – will find themselves under pressure to defend what's left of their vision for Europe.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sent the same signal.Germany follows a liberal economic line, far closer to Britain's than France's, and preaches reforms and budgetary rigor while refusing to share in other countries' debt burden.As a result, no French-German joint strategy appears to be close at hand.However, the big step toward a European army – an idea championed by federalists – is out of reach.
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