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Thus, Russian admirals and defense industry firms stand to benefit the most from France's refusal to deliver the Mistral warships and from Russia's return to a Soviet-style closed ...(full article)

The ex-president retakes control of his party, but the presidential elections are another matter....(full article)

As France’s National Assembly began debating a non-binding vote on recognizing a state of Palestine Friday, lawmakers joined three other democratic chambers and one European ...(full article)

French lawmakers were to debate on Friday a motion urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state, amid growing European frustration at the moribund Middle East peace proc...(full article)

Supporting Russia may have been good business for Le Pen’s party. The National Front is now facing criticism for a 9 million euro ($11.3 million) loan it received from the First ...(full article)

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Westerners Among ISIS Executioners - Megan Specia, Mashable

When a graphic video surfaced this weekend, claiming to show that ISIS militants had beheaded the American aid worker Peter Kassig, investigators across the world quickly took noti...

Will Turkey Stick to China Missile Deal? - Al-Monitor

According to a defense official in Ankara who didn’t want to be identified, Western countries, instead of trying to understand Turkey’s demands, simply say, “Trus...

How ISIS Is Winning Women - Vivienne Walt, Time

Sahra, from Lézignan-Corbières in a wine-producing region of southern France, never went to school that day. Instead, she took a train to a nearby airport and flew alone to Tu...

Obama and Hollande's Shared Gauche Malaise - Robert Zaretsky, FP

American and French politics seem to be devolving in parallel. That's bad news for the left in both countries....

France Has a Problem: Exporting Jihadists - Julia Amalia Heyer, Der Spiegel

Sometimes Séverine Mehault climbs the stairs to the second floor for no reason at all. She walks along the hallway, past her son's room and into her daughter's bedroom. Then...

France's Growing Jihadist Problem - Julia Heyer, Der Spiegel

More than 1,000 young people from France have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, more than from any other European country. The recruits are no longer just coming from th...

The Calm Before a Storm of EU Reform - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

Perhaps never in the history of the European Union has there been a greater mismatch between the need for reform and the political capital available to enact that reform. So what w...

25 Years After the Wall Fell, Separatism Marches on - D. Edgar, Guardian

The rise of a racist far right across Europe is a clear and present danger to both halves of the continent....

Europe's Perennial State of Fragmentation - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent's tradi...

After Kobani, Save Aleppo - Laurent Fabius, Washington Post

Aleppo is caught between the regime’s “barrel bombs” and Daesh’s cutthroats....

Is Corsica Moving Beyond Its Militant Past? - Martin Buckley, BBC

Corsica has experienced a violent independence struggle since the 1970s. But in June armed militants announced they had laid down their weapons. So has peace really broken out?...

French Wines Under the Crush of Climate Change - U. Fichtner, Spiegel

In France, climate change is no longer just an abstract problem. The culinary country's grand wine culture is threatened by rising global temperatures. Vintners are fighting to sav...

Taxation Needs to Go Global - Wolfgang Schauble, Project Syndicate

Most of the tax-allocation principles that apply today date back to a time when doing business internationally primarily meant transporting goods across a border to a neighboring c...

Europe's Deadly Fiscal Paralysis - Bloomberg View

If growth in the euro area is not restored, the future of the union itself will be in jeopardy....

The French Far Right's War on Kebabs - Abigail Tracy, Vocativ

For far-right political groups in France, the kebab is much more than a popular cuisine. It is a symbol of the growing “Islamisation” of the country....

Where Americans Turned the Tides of War - R. Rubin, New York Times

Everyone in this area knows the name Quentin Roosevelt; sometimes it can seem everyone in France does. There are legends of places he stopped to eat or rest, or merely passed throu...

4 Reasons Europe's Foreign Policy Still Sleeps - Jan Techau, Carnegie

Despite a range of challenges and threats, EU member states show little sign of developing a robust, unified foreign policy anytime soon. Four major weaknesses are to blame....

Reviving Europe's Economy - Irish Times

Europe’s leaders need to do more to get growth moving and a central player here has to be Germany....

Europe Acknowledges Austerity's Failure - Patrick Smith, The Fiscal Times

Standing again on the cliff overlooking Recession Valley now prompts a fundamental realignment among the European powers....

Sovereignty Issues Push EU to the Brink - Gideon Rachman, FT

Control of borders and budgets are two of the most traditional powers of the nation....

Bloated States Are Choking Europe - Daniel Mitchell, The Commentator

Europe's crisis is not one of capitalism but one of social democracy. Leftist economics has made the state so bloated that much of the continent remains mired in stagnation with li...

Here's a Map of Ebola's Likely Travels - German Lopez, Vox

Outside of Africa, the risk is relatively high in the UK and France, but thankfully very low in India and China....

Student Protests Show Shifts in Human Geography - Sim Tack, Stratfor

Each student movement is unique; the one underway in Hong Kong concerns Hong Kong affairs, not widespread democratic reform in China proper. And yet all such movements share charac...

Why We Should not Pay Ransoms - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Ransoms are not the answer. Such payments not only sustain the market for future kidnappings, but – worse still – help groups like Isil prosper, grow, and kill thousand...

To Russia with Love - Sylvie Kauffmann, New York Times

When Sergei Naryshkin, the president of the Duma, the Russian Parliament’s lower house, came to Paris on Sept. 1, he had no problem meeting with French businessmen and legislator...

Tusk Gives the EU Reason for Optimism - Ian Hansen, EU Observer

Even for optimists, it is often difficult to be enthusiastic about the direction of the EU. However, the recent choice of Polish prime minister Donald Tusk as the next president of...

Europe Needs a New Social Contract - Kemal Dervis, Project Syndicate

It will not be possible to design this new social contract country by country. Europe has become too interwoven in myriad ways – not just in purely financial and economic ter...

The Growing Isolation of Angela Merkel - Der Spiegel

The Chancellery in Berlin has demanded that EU countries in crisis undertake far-reaching structural reforms coupled with biting austerity programs. Paris, meanwhile, has been the ...

Europe Has Been Scrimping on NATO - Gary Schmitt, NY Times

The reduction in military spending is a common theme across Europe. Five years ago, according to NATO figures, France’s military budget amounted to 2.4 percent of its G.D.P.; th...

The Fall of France - Paul Krugman, New York Times

Francois Hollande, the president of France since 2012, coulda been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe’s brie...

Hollande Stands His Ground on Austerity - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail

On Monday night, French President François Hollande stood outside Paris City Hall after what might euphemistically be called a very long day at the office. Hours earlier, he...

France & Friends Letting Germany Conquer Europe - Milton Ezrati, TNI

Without fundamental fiscal reform, the economies of the European periphery will be weak and increasingly subject to Teutonic domination....

A Belated Day of Reckoning for France - Jonathan Fenby, Financial Times

After two years of compromise, France’s President Normal has met his moment of truth. The stand-off between François Hollande, the Socialist head of state, and the leftwing of h...

British Voters Should Take a Look Across the Channel - Daily Telegraph

Anyone thinking of voting Labour in next year’s general election in the hope of seeing Ed Miliband in No 10 need only look across the Channel to be disabused of such foolhard...

France's Fake Crisis Boosts the Far Right - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

France is reshuffling its government for the second time in 147 days because at least two leftist ministers rebelled against Prime Minister Manuel Valls's pro-business, anti-spen...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

Why France Doesn't Want Scottish Independence - Hugh Schofield, BBC

Nothing unites different nations quite like mutual enemies. But the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France - both historic rivals of England - doesn't mean that the French gov...

France Returns to Work, Reluctantly - Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Telegraph

While their country is still being invaded by record numbers of foreign tourists – they rose above 84 million last year, 20 million more than the actual number of citizens and th...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

France Is Now the Eurozone's Weakest Link - Alister Heath, Telegraph

It is hard to exaggerate the trouble that Francois Hollande, France’s president, now finds himself in. It is not just that his popularity has collapsed and that his misgui...

Meet Europe's Gay Imam - Takis Wurger, Der Spiegel

A homosexual French Muslim imam is spreading a message of religion and tolerance in Europe. In addition to opening a gay-friendly mosque in Paris, he also recently married a lesbia...

France and the Loss of Greatness - Robert Zaretsky, New York Times

Tellingly, French politicians across the ideological spectrum invoke the names of both Jaurès and de Gaulle — a measure of their greatness, of course, but also the sma...

Europe's Moral Failure - Jerusalem Post

In city after city, attempts to draw the line between criticism of Israeli policies and crude anti-Semitism have been utterly abandoned....

The Trauma of France's Jews - Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate

“Death to the Jews!” In Paris and other French cities, the hate-filled words ring out. Attacks on synagogues have taken place for the first time since the Dreyfus Affai...

The West Has Ruined Libya - Richard Spencer, Daily Telegraph

Libya is being torn apart by a comedy war with amateur generals, but it is one that the Americans have done little to try to stop. And we cannot blame them, for Libya is not Washin...

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