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The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

The War Next Door: Can Merkel's Diplomacy Save Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2015

Chancellor Angela Merkel has often been accused of hesitancy. But in Minsk this week, she committed herself to helping find a way to quiet the weapons in Ukraine. The result was a cease-fire. But it is fragile and may ultimately be disadvantageous for Ukraine. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Reforming France: Emmanuel Macron's Impossible Mission

Reforming France: Emmanuel Macron's Impossible Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2014

Thirty-six year old Economics Minister Emmanuel Macron has been tasked by French President Hollande with reforming the country. But it won't be easy. Socialists view him with suspicion and the party's left wing is already preparing for battle. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2014

The debate over Germany's insistence on euro-zone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 23, 2014

The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

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 ]

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 ]