How does the Franco-German Relationship Shape Europe?

At a meeting of the French and German ministers in Paris last month, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be more united than ever. Hollande emphasized the importance of agreeing on major foreign policy issues, highlighting the alignment of the two countries on issues in Iran, Syria, and Africa. Concerning […]

Hollande Announces Measures to Increase France’s Economic Outlook

President Francois Hollande presented a fresh fiscal outlook for the struggling French economy to 30 or more international business executives on 17 February. The meeting included representatives from corporate staples such as Volvo, Intel and Nestle, in addition to financial chiefs from China and various Gulf nations. France, the European Union’s second-largest economy, has experienced […]

European communication network: viable reaction to NSA scandal?

LONDON. – Angela Merkel has voiced support for a European communication network that would keep out the US. Germany has been pushing the issue of data protection in Europe ever since the NSA scandal first broke. Following revelations that Merkel’s phone had been under surveillance –among 60 million other German calls the NSA had tapped into […]

European Leaders Respond to “NSA Reform”

Data protection and privacy, rights contained in Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, have often triggered differences of opinions and policies between the US and Europe. The recent disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden did little to help. Following months of resulting controversy, President Barack Obama committed to reforming […]

Deals, Concessions in Strive at Coalition Between German CDU and SPD

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has reached a coalition agreement with their opposition party, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The CDU came short of reaching absolute majority in parliament at the last elections on September 22, and thus were forced to consider a coalition. Their previous partners, the Free Democrats Party (FDP), […]

France, Germany Demand Non-spying Agreement

This October, the opening of the European Summit in Brussels was marked with a growing sense of distrust. European leaders, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, have called for a non-spying “code of conduct” agreement—a move that comes in the wake of the revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency […]

St. Petersburg Summit Sees G-20 Split over Syria

Discord and disunity were the orders of the day in St. Petersburg, as the 2013 G-20 summit came and went, with Syria sharply dividing the economic group’s members. French President François Hollande insisted afterwards that the meeting had been a productive one. But Hollande’s optimism could not conceal the summit’s icy environment—particularly between the United […]

France Leads European Union in Condemnation of Violence in Egypt

Recent events in Egypt have provoked a torrent of condemnation from the European Union, particularly in France, as President François Hollande warns of an impending “civil war.” Officials in Paris have also indicated that they are  contemplating evacuating tourists and Berlin has cut all aid to the divided country. Paris intensified its efforts to avoid […]

Hollande Seeks to Rally Support at Press Conference

François Hollande, facing approval ratings of roughly 25%, the lowest of any French president over the past 50 years, and opposition from within his own party, tried to rally support in a press conference last Thursday, May 16. Since his election last year, Hollande’s poll ratings have steadily declined, apart from a brief boost following […]

Franco-German Relationship Reaches New Low

On Friday, April 26, a French Parti Socialiste (PS) document on Europe was released, putting pressure on already strained Franco-German relations. The document accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “selfish intransigence” in her unbending efforts to enforce austerity measures throughout the troubled eurozone. As Europe’s economic troubles continue, particularly in France where growth has come […]