Emmanuel Macron dreams of France as a “Start-Up Nation”, but the transition from the former national champions like Alcatel, Alstom, Pechiney or Lafarge, without reproducing again the Airbus industrial model, where the French have a strong position, provokes some serious questioning about France’s economic model. Even more so as they do not have the lead…… Continue reading French Anxieties in the Post-Industrial Age
Der Spiegel says: “Angela Merkel should follow Macron’s path on Europe”. The Germans had a kind of European supremacy during the last ten years and nothing remarkable came out for Europe. Maybe it’s really time for the French to come back in the driving seat ?
Der Spiegel has a great piece about bribery and corruption at Airbus, an explosive situation having the potential to tear the company into pieces. It risks also putting a strain on the Franco-German relationship, at a time of crises when their cooperation seems more necessary than ever to keep to boat afloat.
The French President seems to got it : beyond speeches at the Sorbonne, United Europe is also made through mergers and acquisitions inside the continent. First, the merger between the rail divisions of Alstom and Siemens, dubbed as the Railway Airbus, is formally a merger of equals and the new entity even has its headquarters…… Continue reading Macron means business. And politics
Emmanuel Macron has been elected a few months ago with a reform program and now he wants to deliver at the EU level. It would be great for Europe if at least half of its proposals would become reality, but only the future can tell us if this will be the case. Of course, Macron has…… Continue reading Fuite en avant
Emmanuel Macron emerged politically as a young reformist, but some old French habits are really dying hard. For some, it can seem paradoxical to liberalize the labour market and in the same time protect even more some industries not always very competitive, like nuclear (Areva) or shipbuilding (STX), and without a big strategic vision or…… Continue reading French Neo-Colbertism vs Chinese Mercantilism
… days has a worse approval rate than Hollande at the same moment. The honeymoon finished faster than anyone would have guessed, but of course this is not to say that Emmanuel will necessarily walk in the footsteps of the unfortunate François. But in a European key, what about now the Franco-German duo’s “relance” ?