Op-Ed: Is the Euro a Failure?

A single European currency is no doubt a technical success in many respects. Its positive effects within the single market are authentic and easy to identify. It put an end for instance, to the debilitating effects of the change crisis between the EU member states. However, with the “Great Recession,” the euro is entering a […]

News Analysis: The Issues With Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

One of the first international issues President François Hollande will have to deal with in the coming months is Afghanistan. During the campaign, the new President pledged to withdraw soldiers from Afghanistan before the end of 2012, a year earlier than expected with his predecessor. In an interview with RTL – a popular French radio […]

Normalcy: True or False? Smart or Foolish?

Since his election, François Hollande’s Presidency has been characterized by a desire to achieve “normality” and to establish a distinct separation from his predecessor. From the effort to avoid turning the inauguration into a private event to his choice of transportation, much has been done to support the idea that how power is practiced has changed. […]

Growth: Berlin Rejects Requests from Paris

On Wednesday, June 6, a text from the German Ministry of Economics began circulating, a text entitled “More Growth in Europe: Employment, Investment, Innovation”. The memo was intended to be the basis for discussions on June 13 between Angela Merkel and her opposition. These discussions should enable a temporary agreement between the Social Democratic Party, […]

Hollande’s Policy on Europe Relatively Unclear before Legislative Elections

President François Hollande’s election has been welcomed by many in the European press as the beginning of a new era, marking the end of the “Merkozy” program of austerity. The debt crisis continues to shake up the European Union, and the parliamentary elections in Greece on May 6 were only the latest episode in an […]

Dismissal of Paris Chief of Police: A Witch Hunt or Mere Change of Government?

PARIS – Last Tuesday, before taking off to Madrid to meet his Spanish counterpart George Fernandez Diaz, Manuel Valls, the Minister of Interior, notified Michel Gaudin, Paris Chief of Police, of his decision to dismiss him from his station in the Prefecture. Since François Hollande’s election to the Presidency of the French Republic, the retention […]