France's 'Leftist Sarko': Popular Minister Rankles Ailing Socialists

France's 'Leftist Sarko': Popular Minister Rankles Ailing Socialists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2013

While President Hollande's authority crumbles, his interior minister, Manuel Valls, has become France's most popular politician -- much to the chagrin of his own party. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

EU-Gipfel: Hollande und Merkel vereint im Zorn auf Obama

EU-Gipfel: Hollande und Merkel vereint im Zorn auf Obama

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Eigentlich wollte Kanzlerin Merkel sich beim EU-Gipfel als Reformerin Europas präsentieren. Doch nun droht der Verdacht, dass US-Geheimdienste ihr Handy überwachten, das Treffen zu überschatten. Denn auch Frankreichs Staatschef Hollande beschwert sich über Obama. Von Gregor Peter Schmitz, Brüssel mehr... Video | Forum ]

Migration Debate: Deportation Scandal Grips France

Migration Debate: Deportation Scandal Grips France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

Controversy surrounding the deportation of a 15-year-old Roma girl and her family continues to undermine the government of French President François Hollande. The scandal is the latest flare-up in the country's deeply divisive immigration debate. more... Comment ]

Going Nowhere: France Opts for Meek Reforms and Hope

Going Nowhere: France Opts for Meek Reforms and Hope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

French President François Hollande's announced reforms have either been delayed or watered down so much that they will do little to address his country's pressing problems. Fearing unrest, he prefers hope over hardship. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Painful Past: German President Visits Nazi Massacre Site

Painful Past: German President Visits Nazi Massacre Site

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2013

President Joachim Gauck on Wednesday became the first German head of state to visit the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, the site of a gruesome massacre by the Waffen SS in 1944. It was an emotional visit with heavy significance for French-German relations. By Florian Gathmann in Oradour-sur-Glane, France more... Comment ]

A Difficult Guest: Reforms Top German President's France Visit

A Difficult Guest: Reforms Top German President's France Visit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2013

On Wednesday, President Joachim Gauck will be the first German head of state to visit the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, the site of a massacre perpetrated by German troops in WWII. But he also has a message for the French: He'd like to see more economic reform. By Florian Gathmann in Paris more... Comment ]

Frankreichs Präsident: Hollande hält sich Militäreinsatz in Syrien offen

Frankreichs Präsident: Hollande hält sich Militäreinsatz in Syrien offen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

François Hollande zeigt sich unbeeindruckt vom Ausscheren Großbritanniens. Frankreich will sich weiterhin an einem möglichen Militäreinsatz gegen Syrien beteiligen. Der Giftgaseinsatz gegen Zivilisten dürfe nicht ungestraft bleiben, forderte der französische Präsident. mehr... Video | Forum ]

Indecision: Debate Slows Western Reaction on Syria

Indecision: Debate Slows Western Reaction on Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

Uncertainty over how to respond to presumed poison gas attacks in Syria has gripped several Western capitals. British Prime Minister David Cameron backed away from his bellicose rhetoric from earlier this week and Chancellor Merkel is attempting to play intermediary. more... Comment ]

Steinbrück's 100-Day Plan Has French Accent

Steinbrück's 100-Day Plan Has French Accent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

Somewhere, millions of French voters are smiling wryly. Having given unpopular President Nicolas Sarkozy the boot last year in favor of François Hollande, France was expecting big things. Instead, the newcomer's tactics of trying to spend his way out of trouble have backfired, with unemployment soaring, factories shutting down and some of the people who were supposed to pay for Hollande's policies -- the rich -- deciding they have had enough and fleeing the country to escape the sky-high taxes. And now Germany, it seems, has its own Hollande in the form of Peer Steinbrück. By David Knight more...

Syrien-Krise: Merkel drängt Putin zum Handeln im Uno-Sicherheitsrat

Syrien-Krise: Merkel drängt Putin zum Handeln im Uno-Sicherheitsrat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

Krisendiplomatie am Telefon: Die Kanzlerin hat mit den Verbündeten in Paris und Moskau die nächsten Schritte in der Syrien-Frage besprochen. Bei Russlands Präsident Putin warb sie dafür, eine Entscheidung im Uno-Sicherheitsrat zu treffen. Westerwelle sprach zudem mit Peking. mehr... Video | Forum ]