Economic government: Do France and Germany understand the same thing?

By Jean-Marc TrouilleJean Monnet Chair in European Economic Integration, School of Management, Bradford University. This article was originally published in Slovak daily Pravda.
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Hollande’s EU vision. Is it genuine and realistic?

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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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Germany and France are so different. And that’s why it is working

But the EU also need decisiveness. Zbigniew Brzezinski just recently said that Europe needs today much more evocative forward-looking leadership of the kind it had some decades ago and which today is lacking. We hear this argument about leadership pretty often, but what it means in your opinion? What kind of leadership does Europe need? It is hard to deny that we need some leadership but the situation it pretty different then e.g. 50 years ago, in the time of Élysée Treaty.

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The gay marriages will be legal in France from 2013

Was this announcement expected with the new Socialist government? Would you say it will meet some real opposition within the French society?

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Will Angela Merkel listen to François Hollande?

French President François Hollande will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Europe: Extreme right and left on the rise

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What can Europe expect from Hollande?

Let us assume Hollande will win the 2nd round of presidential elections. Hollande has suggested he will seek changes in the fiscal compact.

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Sarkozy vs. Hollande: Their assets and weaknesses

How do they influence them?

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What to expect in the French presidential campaign

Will Hollande and Sarkozy try to change the dynamics of the campaign  less than a week before the first round?
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