EU may clear France, Germany on deficit rule break

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the European Union's executive office was expected to end an three-year battle with France and Germany on Tuesday, dropping EU procedures against them after the two pledged to get their budget deficits back within EU limits next year.

Paris and Berlin have both said they would work to get their budget deficits under the EU's limit in 2005.

The German government predicts growth of around 1.5 to 2 percent next year, which it argues should help it meet it

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