Hollande Delivers New Year’s Speech, Reflects on Current French Issues

PARIS– At 8:00 pm on Monday, December 31, François Hollande wished the French a Happy New Year. Every year, this event is broadcasted by the main channels. Every year, journalists wonder how the President will do it, believing that the speech’s context sends a special message to the country. In his first such speech, Hollande chose […]

Banking Union Timetable Established, Hollande and Merkel Disagree on Specifics

At last Thursday’s EU Summit in Brussels, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other European leaders reached an agreement on a timetable for the eurozone’s regulatory banking system.  Although a compromise was finally reached, the events leading up to it and its stipulations are telling of the relationship between Hollande and Merkel. […]