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
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 ?
A very sad ending to the biggest European industrial dream, the Airbus 380 : slicing and selling as parts and components the first two airplanes …
What the heck are they doing there ? They are even going together, in a coordinated way.
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 ?
Confronted with more external challenges than ever at the same time, Europe is again in a soul-searching phase. Emmanuel Macron seems to be the man of the day : he pushes for more integration (budget, EU finance minister, banking union), but is confronted with the new post-brexit European alliances (the seven liberals – NL plus…… Continue reading Macron, innocent no more
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 ?