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 ]

The World From Berlin: 'Merkel and Hollande Seem to Get Along After All'

The World From Berlin: 'Merkel and Hollande Seem to Get Along After All'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2013

Tuesday's celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the German-French friendship treaty masked deep differences between the nations. But those differences have always existed, and the countries seem committed to keep on tackling them with compromises that are crucial for Europe, write German commentators. more...

An Arduous Friendship: Differences of Opinion Mark Franco-German Relations

An Arduous Friendship: Differences of Opinion Mark Franco-German Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

Though France and Germany are coming together this week to celebrate 50 years of postwar friendship, the two countries are growing further apart. Both countries are less interested in finding common ground on important issues and that attitude is preventing them from solving problems facing Europe. An Analysis By Mathieu von Rohr more...

Sealed with a Kiss: Treaty Heralded New Era in Franco-German Ties

Sealed with a Kiss: Treaty Heralded New Era in Franco-German Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

Fifty years ago, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle embraced after signing the Franco-German Friendship Treaty. Since then, the partnership between the two countries has become one of the cornerstones of European stability. By Christoph Gunkel more... Comment ]

Rhine Realities: A Local Look at French-German Relations

Rhine Realities: A Local Look at French-German Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

German Chancelor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande are celebrating 50 years of Franco-German relations in Berlin this week. But along the German-French border, thoughts of enmity or reconciliation are a thing of the past. Residents of two towns along the Rhine have different concerns. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

'Enough Sauerkraut and Beer': France and Germany Celebrate 50 Years of Friendship

'Enough Sauerkraut and Beer': France and Germany Celebrate 50 Years of Friendship

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2013

In a SPIEGEL interview, French politician Jacques Delors and former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer discuss tight, but sometimes complicated, relations between their countries on the 50th anniversary of the Franco-German friendship treaty. more... Comment ]

Crisis Strain: Survey Shows Cracks in German-French Relations

Crisis Strain: Survey Shows Cracks in German-French Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2013

The relationship between Germany and France has suffered as a result of the economic crisis, according to a new survey undertaken on the eve of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty. Germans are seen as arrogant and the French as economically unimportant. By Stefan Simons in Paris more... Comment ]

French-German Compromise: Chances Improve for EU Deal on Bank Supervision

French-German Compromise: Chances Improve for EU Deal on Bank Supervision

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2012

Europe has moved closer to implementing common European banking supervision thanks to a compromise between Germany and France, a media report said on Wednesday. The deal calls for the European Central Bank to only monitor the Continent's largest institutions. more...

Parallel Universes in Paris and Berlin: Is the Franco-German Axis Kaput?

Parallel Universes in Paris and Berlin: Is the Franco-German Axis Kaput?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2012

The most recent European Union summit exposed deep differences between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande. Berlin wants Brussels to be bestowed with greater power over national budgets and Paris is calling for an end to austerity. The dispute threatens to intensify the euro crisis. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

Philosopher André Glucksmann: A Dark Vision of the Future of Europe

Philosopher André Glucksmann: A Dark Vision of the Future of Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2012

French philosopher André Glucksmann finds the situation in Europe "extremely unsettling." In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses the failure of European intellectuals, how divisions could lead to an EU breakup or even hostilities, and why pursuing a United States of Europe is "the wrong goal." more... Comment ]