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), […]

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 […]