Thomas Molloy: Merkel takes another step toward deciding all our futures
IT is Advent time in Berlin and the German capital looks beautiful as candles twinkle in the windows of flats and houses but the mood is increasingly sombre among Germans.
In the city's Christmas market, traders have signs telling customers that they will accept old Deutschmarks as well as euros. It is a droll reflection of the times; everybody knows that it is still possible to exchange those coins and notes into euros but it also reflects the growing unease inside Germany about the European project.
Later today, in the German parliament, Chancellor Angela Merkel will stand up to give a speech that may determine the future of all the coins and notes that we all have in our pockets.