European Union: France versus Germany. Or not?

How would you evaluate French-German relations one year after François Hollande’s victory in the French presidential elections? Is the Franco-German engine still working? Read few comments.

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SPD plus Greens: A pre-election coalition?

German Social Democrats have appealed to Greens to consider forming a coalition in the build up to the national election. Would you say that the pre-election SPD-Greens coalition may have some positive effect on the combine election result of SPD and Greens or not, and why? Read few comments.

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Women in the Catholic Church: Will their role change with Pope Francis?

According to media reports Pope Francis stressed the “fundamental” importance of women in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Margaret Thatcher against the miners: Symbolic and substantive victory

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Labour Party versus Margaret Thatcher

Ed Miliband instructed his MPs to act in a respectful manner during the parliamentarian tribute to Baroness Thatcher but some Labour members doubt this decision. What do you think about this instruction and why would you say some Labour ranks are not very happy about it?

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Irregular quote of the day

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in “U.S. Advice to Europe Gets Polite Refusal.”

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A blow on Portuguese government’s austerity plans?

Portuguese Constitutional Court rejects some budget articles. What kind of impact, if any, the decision may have on the government and on the politics in Portugal, respectively on the austerity measures introduced by government? Read few comments.

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