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France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

France, Germany and the EU: The European Motor Sputters to Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron hope to reinvigorate the Franco-German partnership. Yet even as military cooperation moves forward, the two countries are still far apart on eurozone reforms. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Frenemy in the Making? Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope

Frenemy in the Making? Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2017

Emmanuel Macron's victory in France has galvanized Germany's Social Democrats. But Merkel, too, is hopeful that the new French president will mark an improvement in Berlin-Paris relations. There are, however, plenty of potential conflicts looming. By Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]


The Magician: Can Macron's Charisma Heal France and Europe?

The Magician: Can Macron's Charisma Heal France and Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2017

Emmanuel Macron's election is nothing short of a political upheaval in France. As the youngest president in the country's history, he has set himself the task of reunifying a divided country. Can his project of political renewal succeed? And can he help save Europe? By Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

Interview with Wolfgang Schäuble: 'We All Wish Macron Success'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 12, 2017

In an interview, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats, says he believes the reform proposals of French president-elect Emmanuel Macron are currently unrealistic. But he also says he wants to see greater investment in Europe. Interview Conducted by Christian Reiermann and Michael Sauga more... Comment ]


Macron's Challenge: France's New Leader Must Restore Confidence

Macron's Challenge: France's New Leader Must Restore Confidence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2017

With the support of almost two-thirds of French voters, Emmanuel Macron has been elected as France's youngest president ever. He now has the chance to modernize his country -- and save Europe. A Commentary by Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

Macron vs. Le Pen: A New Political Reality for France

Macron vs. Le Pen: A New Political Reality for France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2017

Never before in the six-decade history of the Fifth Republic have French voters so thoroughly rejected establishment parties. In this new political reality, only one thing is certain: There are no certainties. A Commentary by Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]


A Complete Breakdown: Extremists on Left and Right Push France to the Brink

A Complete Breakdown: Extremists on Left and Right Push France to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2017

With only a few days to go before the first round of voting, a systemic crisis is dominating the campaign in France. It is no longer inconceivable that a Euroskeptic radical leftist or a far-right populist could become the country's next president. This bodes poorly for the French, but also their neighbors in Europe. By Ullrich Fichtner and Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'I Am Offering the French Renewal'

SPIEGEL Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'I Am Offering the French Renewal'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

In an interview, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron discusses his surprise political ascent, the desire of many for a new kind of politics and the necessity of widespread reforms in his country. Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]


Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

Emmanuel Macron is the most unconventional French presidential candidate in decades, and if he keeps his momentum, he could keep Marine Le Pen from taking power. His promise to voters: the building of a new France. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2017

In the race for the French presidency, one candidate after the other has stumbled. Conservative François Fillon's campaign is the latest to come undone after reports of financial irregularities involving his wife. Who will be the one to stand up to Marine Le Pen? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]