October 23, 2012

Is the Franco-German Axis Kaput?

Der Spiegel, Der Spiegel

AP Photo

The most recent European Union summit exposed deep differences between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande. Berlin wants Brussels to be bestowed with greater power over national budgets and Paris is calling for an end to austerity. The dispute threatens to intensify the euro crisis.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Germany, France, Eurozone, Europe

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

October 16, 2012
France to Ban Homework. Really.
Wall Street Journal
Are the French losing their mind? Fortunately not. More than two-thirds of the country would oppose the ban, according to an Ifop poll, so there's hope that even in the land of égalité there's some recognition that... more ››
October 19, 2012
U.S.-German Relationship on the Rocks
Bremmer & Leonard, Wash Post
It should be a marriage made in heaven. Barack Obama and Angela Merkel are quiet, pragmatic politicians less interested in grand gestures than in results. Merkel gives Washington someone to call when Europe is in crisis. Obama... more ››
October 19, 2012
Why Merkel's Dragging Her Feet
Adrian Hamilton, The Independent
By dragging her feet on a proposed banking union, Angela Merkel may be holding up a solution to the Eurozone crisis. Is she right to do so? more ››
October 20, 2012
France's Apology Tour
David Bell, The New Republic
Is your president a socialist who has repeatedly apologized for his country? If you are an American, the answer to this question is no, despite apoplectic Republican claims to the contrary. If you are French, however, it is most... more ››
October 23, 2012
Welcome to Berlin, Europe's New Capital
Gideon Rachman, FT
Berlin does not feel like an imperial city. The new government buildings - the chancellor's office, the Bundestag and the foreign ministry - have all been designed with plenty of glass and natural light, to emphasise transparency... more ››