A Real National Front: The French Far Right Aims High

A Real National Front: The French Far Right Aims High

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2014

After its triumph in European elections on Sunday, the French far-right Front National is hoping to increase its power back home, with Marine Le Pen aiming for the presidency in 2017. With François Hollande's popularity plummeting, it is not out of the question. By Stefan Simons in Paris more... Comment ]

Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2014

Prime Minister Manuel Valls' job is to save François Hollande's presidency. The new government has committed to some changes. But will it push through the painful reforms the country needs or will it chart a political collision course with Brussels? By Mathieu von Rohr in Paris more... Comment ]

Wahlkampf in Großbritannien: Labour lehnt Camerons EU-Referendum ab

Wahlkampf in Großbritannien: Labour lehnt Camerons EU-Referendum ab

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 12, 2014

Es wird 2017 keine Abstimmung über einen EU-Austritt geben: Mit diesem Vorsatz geht die britische Opposition in den Wahlkampf - und auf Gegenkurs zu Premier Cameron. Labour-Führer Miliband dürfte das reichlich Bonus in Berlin und Paris einbringen. Von Carsten Volkery, London mehr... Forum ]

Violence in Ukraine: Yanukovych Forces EU into Sanctions

Violence in Ukraine: Yanukovych Forces EU into Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 19, 2014

The EU resisted the idea of imposing sanctions on Ukraine for a long time. With violence in Kiev intensifying, however, Brussels has little choice. But what can Europe really do? By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Romance and Reform: Does Hollande Mean Business This Time?

Romance and Reform: Does Hollande Mean Business This Time?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

German politicians are letting out a sigh of relief over French President François Hollande's apparent about face on economic reforms. With his private life under scrutiny, is he strong enough to push through needed changes? By Sven Böll, Ralf Neukirch and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Central African Republic: French Intervention Risky for Hollande

Central African Republic: French Intervention Risky for Hollande

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

The Central African Republic is on the verge of collapse, as religious warfare threatens to devolve into genocide. Now French President François Hollande is sending 1,200 troops to end the violence -- but France runs the risk of becoming embroiled in complicated power struggles. By Stefan Simons more... Comment ]

Job Crisis: Unequal Allies Tackle Youth Unemployment

Job Crisis: Unequal Allies Tackle Youth Unemployment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

A deeply unpopular French President François Hollande and a triumphant Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Paris with other EU members to discuss Europe's unemployment crisis. More money seems forthcoming -- but it's unclear whether it will suffice. By Stefan Simons more... Comment ]

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 ]