The Franco German uncouple for EU’s trade policy

The same Der Spiegel piece puts some perspective into EU’s functioning, relations between France and Germany, all applied to trade policy and US: That, though, is easier said than done. After all, it was the German government that sought to find some form of compromise with the Americans against the will of France and others. The offer presented…… Continue reading The Franco German uncouple for EU’s trade policy

Time for EU to stand up and fight ?

Mark Leonard, head of the European Council of Foreign Relations. And British.   Skeptics will say it’s highly unlikely the EU will risk putting itself on a collision course with Washington. Europeans still heavily depend on the U.S. when it comes to security, and many of the Continent’s leaders are attached to a status-quo that allows them…… Continue reading Time for EU to stand up and fight ?

Human Rights and Autocrats : an EU Strategy ?

Last week, Angela Merkel was in China and Emmanuel Macron in Russia. It’s worth noting that both met human rights activists in the two host countries where respect of human rights is viewed as a foreign intrusion in their internal affairs. At a time when the European countries do not seem to know how to treat…… Continue reading Human Rights and Autocrats : an EU Strategy ?

Bombing Syria, but what for ?

So, they did it. The US, with support from UK and France, launched last night a series of air strikes on military facilities and chemical stores in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta by the Syrian regime. It’s the conclusion of a weeklong political theatre based on tweets, threats and counters, but…… Continue reading Bombing Syria, but what for ?