SPIEGEL ONLINE - 21.01.2013
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... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 15.01.2013
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... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 12.12.2012
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...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 22.10.2012
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...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 23.08.2012
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... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 16.08.2012
Together, Germany and France have long been viewed as the motor of European integration. In the midst of the economic crisis, however, old suspicions and rivalries between Europe's two key nations are being reawakened. Once again, the German approach has France's intellectuals mystified -- and the tone is getting sharper. By Romain Leick more... [ Forum ]
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 02.07.2012
Angela Merkel is being portrayed as the loser of last week's EU summit, and she only has herself to blame after her uncompromising talk beforehand, write German commentators. The deal amounts to 'institutionalized irresponsibility," says one. Others call it an inevitable move to shore up Spain and Italy. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 21.05.2012
French President François Hollande will put German Chancellor Angela Merkel under pressure at Wednesday's EU summit to agree to euro bonds, which she has so far strictly opposed. Italy and Britain are expected to back Hollande in a further sign that Merkel is increasingly isolated in Europe with her austerity plan for saving the euro. more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 17.05.2012
According to German calculations, the new French president's call for an even lower retirement age and more public workers should not add up to economic growth. But despite violating established economic principles, the French economy works surprisingly well. By Christian Rickens more...
SPIEGEL ONLINE - 16.05.2012
Just hours after his rain-soaked inauguration, new French President François Hollande flew to Berlin to meet with the German chancellor. The pair did all they could to exude amiability, but with Hollande now intent on fulfilling his myriad campaign promises, it remains to be seen how long the congeniality will last. By Severin Weiland in Berlin more...