Sarkozy, Merkel to discuss EU summit

By the Associated Press | October 22, 2011 | 4:45 AM EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

PARIS (AP) — The French government says French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak by phone later Monday to discuss an upcoming EU summit amid signs they disagree on parts of a new crisis plan.

Government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse says that at the weekly cabinet meeting Wednesday Sarkozy emphasized that the Oct. 23 summit in Brussels "is a crucial moment, for Europe and for France."

That view appears to clash with Germany's recent downplaying of the summit's importance.

Earlier this week, German finance chief Wolfgang Schaeuble dampened expectations by saying that Sunday's summit wouldn't produce a comprehensive solution to the eurozone debt crisis that threatens to cause another global recession.