Der für die südeuropäischen Krisenstaaten entworfene EU-Wachstumspakt dürfte vor allem Nordeuropa nutzen. Nach Informationen des SPIEGEL wird die Wirkung von Projektanleihen, mit denen große Infrastrukturprojekte finanziert werden sollen, im Norden getestet. Auch Deutschland dürfte profitieren. mehr... [ Forum ]
- May 17, 2013
As a further sign that all is not well in the Franco-German motor of Europe, the two countries will not issue a joint statement ahead of the next EU summit as Berlin had hoped. The development comes as France slips further into economic malaise. more... [ Forum ]
- May 16, 2013
The European common currency zone has now been in recession for six straight quarters, with three of the bloc's four largest economies now suffering persistent negative growth. Could the Continent's pursuit of austerity be backfiring? German commentators believe the answer is yes. more... [ Forum ]
Die EU-Kommission will Staaten wie Frankreich und Spanien mehr Spielraum beim Schuldenabbau geben - das Kanzleramt aber drängt auf mehr Sparbemühungen. Ein Dossier, das dem SPIEGEL vorliegt, kritisiert bisherige Reformen als unzureichend und listet Versäumnisse der Südländer auf. Von Severin Weiland mehr... [ Forum ]
- May 09, 2013
German central bank head Jens Weidmann has strongly criticized French efforts to reduce its budget deficit, just days after the European Union granted Paris more time to meet EU requirements. He warns that French delays could damage the credibility of euro-zone rules. more... [ Forum ]
- May 02, 2013
The parliamentary leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), and a former German economics minister publicly criticized the French government under Socialist President François Hollande Thursday in a move that highlights the tension between the two countries.
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- May 01, 2013
Progress in the European Union is stalled at the moment because France and Germany can't get along. Paris is hoping for a change of government in Berlin after elections this fall, but even that would do little to bridge growing differences between the countries. By SPIEGEL Staff more... [ Forum ]
- April 30, 2013
European Parliament President Martin Schulz shielded German Chancellor Angela Merkel from French criticism on Monday evening, saying she couldn't be held responsible for all the bloc's economic woes because 26 other leaders are also involved in decision-making. more...
- April 29, 2013
While French President François Hollande deals with dismal jobless figures and turmoil surrounding the recent legalization of gay marriage, his upbeat predecessor goes on the thinly veiled offensive in Montreal. "When I look at those who succeeded me," Nicolas Sarkozy says, "I feel very good." more... [ Forum ]
- April 24, 2013
The French parliament's Tuesday decision to approve a same-sex marriage bill sparked violent protests in Paris. In Germany, too, the split opinions on the editorial pages mirror the left-right schism that has left French society divided. more... [ Forum ]