Eye on the world: The promise in unity

In “German, French leaders mark 100 years since Battle of Verdun” we read of recent ceremonies in Verdun, France, marking one hundred years since the ten-month-long World War I battle that killed over 300,000 French and German soldiers. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both participated in the commemorative events, showing that “their countries’ improbable friendship is now a source of hope for today’s fractured Europe.” Merkel noted, “ ‘In a world with global challenges, it is important to keep developing this [unified] Europe.’ ”

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