Legal action likely over budget rules fudge

The European Commission is expected to back legal action on Tuesday 13 January gainst last November's decision by eurozone finance ministers to suspend the single currency's budget rules in the case of France and Germany.

The expected move would raise the stakes in the Commission's long-running battle with member states over budget rules and further strain Brussels' already frosty relations with Paris and Berlin.

Both France and Germany were in November facing penalties for their repeated failu

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