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The Old Continent Creaks

Arthur Goldhammer, Democracy Journal

France, Germany Seek Closer Euro Ties

Traynor & Perraudin, Guardian

Austerity and the failures of the technocratic elite have created the current populist backlash. France’s experience is instructive—and, possibly, ominous....(full article)

It's the middle of 2015, and contenders for the French presidency are already gearing up for the 2017 elections. The center-left and center-right both seem to be banking on strateg...(full article)

IN 2003, as America was gearing up for the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, a tall Frenchman with a thick silvery mane took the floor at the UN in New York. Dominique de Vi...(full article)

In the summer of 2011, three French ex-convicts met in Yemen to talk about unleashing death and terror on the streets of Paris....(full article)

Proposals to be presented at EU summit in June will come as a blow to David Cameron who will table British pre-referendum demands at same meeting....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Francois Hollande, Europe's Lonely Socialist - Pierre Briancon, Politico EU

François Hollande wants to avoid public ruminations about the future of leftist politics in favor of a more practical goal....

America's Frenemy, and Other Parties to Iran Talks - A. Tabatabai, BAS

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers are entering their final stage. For months, the two sides have met in various cities to come up with an agreement under w...

Will China Buy the Ships France Built for Russia? - A. Panda, Diplomat

The possibility of China snapping up the Mistrals on the open market will surely spark the same sort of concern in the United States as the prospect of the Russian sale did in earl...

France Plays the Hero Role Against Russia - J. Gelernter, National Review

Keeping Putin out of the Baltics....

Sarkozy Is Back, and He Wants to Be France's Pres - JA Heyer, Der Spiegel

He became French president at 52. He had always been open about his desire to attain France's highest political office, saying years prior to his election that he thought often abo...

After Tory Win, France Needs a New EU Strategy - Francois Heisbourg, FT

Paris is less amenable than Berlin to accommodating London’s demands....

France's Slippery Slope on Surveillance - Irish Times

The dubious thesis that to defend freedom and democracy we are entitled to curtail both is a dangerous erosion of democratic values and a slippery slope that France appears to be h...

The French Built the World's Most Perfect Car - Dan Neil, WSJ

The Citroën DS is technically unsurpassed, completely inimitable, has a great back story and is the most beautiful car of all time...

Building a New French Capitalism - Emmanuel Macron, Wall Street Journal

French investors need to exercise longer-term thinking to boost innovation and growth....

What Lies at the Heart of French Malaise - Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, NYT

PARIS — France is in the throes of a unique cultural moment — one that stretches way beyond the soul-searching debates over Islamist violence and Muslim integration, or...

France Takes the Initiative in the Middle East - Uri Savir, Al Monitor

France has been very proactive during talks on the Iranian framework agreement, and it intends to extend this proactive attitude to the Palestinian issue....

Lessons in Reform from...Italy? - Klaus Zimmerman, Wall Street Journal

Rome could teach Paris a few things about how to push ahead with difficult but necessary reforms....

In France, Secularism Is Its Own Religion - Roger Cohen, NY Times

I recently visited an old friend, Micha Shagrir, a movie producer in Jerusalem. He was in a Jerusalem hospice; soon he would die of cancer. We talked about old times. It was a tend...

April Fools: France Sells Its Warships to Europe - A Rettman, EU Observer

France is to supply its Mistral warships to the EU foreign service instead of to Russia in a move designed to forge a “genuine European defence policy”....

A Conservative Triumph in France - BBC

France's opposition conservative UMP Party has made big gains in local elections, at the expense of the ruling Socialists....

Kerry's Assad Accommodation - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone-in case anyone still harbored doubts-that the Obama administration had no intentio...

China Moves In on U.S. Turf - Washington Post

THE OBAMA administration suffered a foreign policy setback last week when three European allies — Germany, France and Italy — decided to join a fourth, Britain, as shar...

France Shows Some Reformist Spine - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

French country-wide local elections will occur next week in which president François Hollande risks another disavowal by the people. Marine Le Pen's nationalist National Fro...

The Troubling Rise of Marine Le Pen - The Economist

ALMOST 13 years have passed since the then leader of the Front National (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, shocked the world by reaching the run-off in the presidential election of 2002. The...

France's Far Right on the Path to Power - Economist

Polls suggest that the FN will come top in the first round of voting in the elections on March 22nd, grabbing at least 30% of the vote. This would beat its previous best score of 2...

France Sends in the Big Guns Against ISIS - D. Chollet & S. Keil, GMF

WASHINGTON - Late last month, the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle steamed into the Persian Gulf to join the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (I...

A Composer's Masterpiece, Born in the War - S. Bose, American Scholar

On Normandy’s coast a century ago, Claude Debussy fled the war and composed his final piano masterpiece....

Europe Buries Its Head and Its Militaries in the Sand - Ian Birrell, WSJ

Germany has been asserting its leadership in recent weeks by seeking to resolve the two major crises confronting the continent, with Chancellor Angela Merkel heading cease-fire tal...

Eiffel Tower Now Has Own Wind Turbines - Eric Holthaus, Slate

As part of its “first major face-lift in 30 years,” the Eiffel Tower has a new set of wind turbines.   Earlier this year, the New York City–based renewable-e...

France Urges Jews to Stay - The Local

French PM Manuel Valls told France's Jews to ignore Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who had called for them to return "home" to Israel. Valls was speaking after hundreds of Jewish t...

Islam and the West at War - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Over the more than 13 years since Al Qaeda attacked America on 9/11, we have seen trains blown up in Madrid, the Tube and a bus bombed in London, Western journalists beheaded, the ...

Sacrebleu! France May Allow Shopping on Sunday - Rick Noack, WP

Baker Stéphane Cazenave is said to produce France's best baguettes. However, according to French law, he can only produce those baguettes six days a week....

Fleeing a Promised Land in France - Griff Witte, Washington Post

SAINT-MANDÉ, France — For all her 30 years, Jennifer Sebag has lived in a community that embodies everything modern Europe is supposed to be. Inclusive, integrated, p...

France Against Itself - Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review

Paris — This has long been a city of graffiti and of affiches, but of late the messages have been more poignant than is usual. Ambling between the central Place de la R&eacut...

France's Glory Regained - James Poulos, National Review

It is past time to notice that France has returned to a central global position....

Selling Jihadist Snake Oil in France - Dana Kennedy, Daily Beast

Omar Diaby, a career criminal from Nice, has turned into France’s most potent recruiter for Syria’s jihad—and few of his acolytes come from Muslim homes....

Europe Sits on the Verge of Regime Collapse - John Feffer, TomDispatch

Politically, the center may not hold and things seem to be falling apart. From the left, parties like Syriza in Greece are challenging the EU's prescriptions of austerity. From the...

The Far Right Wins Over France's Gays - Rachel Halliburton, Spectator

The Front National now has the support of a quarter of Paris’s gay voters – and only 16 per cent of the straight ones....

How to Fight Anti-Semitism in Europe - Arsen Ostrovsky, Jerusalem Post

70 years since end of the most horrific chapter in Europe’s history, anti-Semitism has once again surged to levels unprecedented since the end of the Holocaust, with virtuall...

A Quintessential Western Achievement - J. Techau, Carnegie Europe

It is not Michel Houellebecq's fault that his new novel Soumission ("Submission") was published in France on the same day that fanatic Islamist killers wiped out the editorial boar...

On to the Fourth Act of a European Tragedy - WR Mead, American Interest

The votes are counted, the results are in, and Syriza has won the Greek elections in a landslide. The left wing Syriza captured 149 seats in the parliament, and as of writing appea...

Relabeling Europe's "No-Go" Zones - Daniel Pipes, National Review

Government hasn’t lost control in these semi-autonomous Muslim sectors, but they present a big problem....

France Alone Leads Europe - Conrad Black, New York Sun

The aftermath of the French terrorist attacks has, so far, confirmed the helpful resolve that was the general French response to the Charlie Hebdo and kosher-market murders in Pari...

Will Integration Fix Muslim Radicalization? - Lorenzo Vidino, WotR

As the dust and emotions still settle over the attacks by jihadists in Paris, there has been a great deal of commentary on the lessons we should derive from this tragedy. The focus...

France to Bring Bigger Guns to Terror Fight - Corbet & Vaux-Montagny, AP

PARIS (AP) -- France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism Wednesday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intellige...

Jews Are at a Numerical Disadvantage - Jonah Goldberg, National Review

In the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home. I don’t particularly like that advi...

How the Hebdo Attackers Were Made - Spiegel

How did three, seemingly normal sons of immigrant families turn into radicalized and vicious murderers?...

I Lived in a Paris 'No-Go' Zone - L.V. Anderson, Slate

I was part tickled, part chagrined to see that one of Fox & Friends’ seemingly arbitrarily chosen no-go zones was my old, beloved neighborhood, Pont de Flandre in the 19th arro...

Immigration? France Grew Its Own Terrorists - M.G. Oprea, The Federalist

Ending immigration from Muslim-heavy parts of the world will not reduce terrorism in France. The men who murdered 17 people in Paris were French....

Hollande's Popularity Surge - Damien Sharkov, Newsweek

French president François Hollande’s popularity rating has more than doubled in the aftermath of the Parisian jihadist attacks which resulted in the deaths of 17 peopl...

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