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 […]

Cosmopolitanism: The Peaceful Utopia

This article is the last in a series of three about the place of the Nation-state in a globalized world. The first part dealt with the risks of patriotism and the second part pointed out the danger of governance over government. There is no chance whatsoever of cosmopolitanism becoming a main idea in world politics […]

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 […]