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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti prepares to take his place during a media conference after an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. France and Germany have had more than their share of difference over the past few months, but this week at long last the two countries were able to find a compromise that allowed the European Union to realize a deal on a banking union. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)