European leaders still divided as debt crisis talks open
President Francois Hollande of France arrived here Thursday for a crucial European Union summit meeting demanding ‘‘rapid solutions’’ to the euro’s problems, but Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany gave no sign of budging on any quick fixes — illustrating the deep divisions as European leaders try to restore faith in the single currency. Heading into the two-day meeting, Merkel brushed aside questions about the mounting economic pressure on Spain and Italy, both of which saw their borrowing costs spike again Thursday to ever-more-painful levels that are not sustainable in the long run. Hollande showed no such reticence. ‘’I have come here to get very rapid solutions to support those countries that are in the most difficulty in the markets and that have made considerable efforts to shore up their public accounts,’’ he said.