Angie Abroad: What Merkel's Win Means for Berlin's Allies

Angie Abroad: What Merkel's Win Means for Berlin's Allies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2013

Foreign policy has never been one of Angela Merkel's strong suits. But several German allies will be watching closely to see how the chancellor might use her new-found power on the international stage. 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 ]

Bonjour Tristesse: The Economic and Political Decline of France

Bonjour Tristesse: The Economic and Political Decline of France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2013

France is in the grip of a crisis. As both its economy and European influence weaken, scandal has hobbled its political elite. The country needs drastic overhaul, but President Hollande does nothing but waver and hesitate. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Commission Reduction: EU Leaders to Sidestep Lisbon Treaty Rule

Commission Reduction: EU Leaders to Sidestep Lisbon Treaty Rule

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2013

The Lisbon Treaty clearly intends for the size of the European Commission to be reduced below its present size of 27 members. But EU leaders have reached unanimous agreement to sidestep the provision -- and even plan to add a seat to the table for the Croatians. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Crisis of Friendship: Split Persists Between Berlin and Paris

Crisis of Friendship: Split Persists Between Berlin and Paris

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

'Can't Call That Savings': German Central Bank Head Blasts France

'Can't Call That Savings': German Central Bank Head Blasts France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

Until Elections Do Us Part: A Deep Frost in Franco-German Relations

Until Elections Do Us Part: A Deep Frost in Franco-German Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

EU Parliament President: French Criticism of Merkel 'Unfair'

EU Parliament President: French Criticism of Merkel 'Unfair'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Letter from Berlin: Franco-German Left Mired in Difficulties

Letter from Berlin: Franco-German Left Mired in Difficulties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2013

Germany's Social Democrats had hoped that François Hollande's victory last spring would provide them with some momentum. But Friday's visit to Paris by SPD candidate Peer Steinbrück has highlighted the difficulties facing the European left. A renaissance this election year seems unlikely. By Charles Hawley more... Comment ]