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 […]

Golden Anniversary – A Tale of Two Countries

This week, France and Germany celebrated the fifty-year anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée, signed on January 22, 1963. The treaty was a phenomenal accomplishment, as France overlooked Germany’s previous occupation of France and considered her neighbor to be a trustworthy ally. At the time of the agreement, president Charles de Gaulle (France) and Chancellor […]

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. […]