About: France

Strikes in Syria: first and foremost a political manoeuvre

The joint strikes in Syria launched by France, the UK and the US seem to have a symbolic rather than military purpose, writes Nicolas Gros-Verheyde.
Future EU 11-04-2018

The empty taste of Macron’s citizens’ consultations

Much ado about nothing. This is how we could sum up one of President Macron’s first citizens’ consultations, held in Croatia, writes Mario Munta.
Energy 07-11-2017

Celebrating France’s solar energy leadership

As the world gathers in Bonn for the COP23 climate conference, it is imperative to acknowledge and celebrate success in order to maintain the momentum required for us to collectively reach our climate goals, writes Stefan Degener.
Agrifood 05-10-2017

Bringing sanity back to Europe’s glyphosate debate

For glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used weed killer, 6 November will be a date with destiny, writes Pieter Cleppe.
Economy & Jobs 25-09-2017

The time is right for a stronger monetary union – with everyone on board

French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech on Tuesday (26 September) outlining his pitch to reform the European Monetary Union. But he has to prioritise his wishlist in order to make the most of member state support, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Future EU 31-07-2017

Tangible results for citizens must be EU’s focus

Rising Euroscepticism is a key challenge for the EU. Long-term treaty change should be discussed but European leaders should focus on delivering benefits to their citizens here and now, writes Alexander Bürgin.
Future EU 27-07-2017

The EU should not allow the symbol of peace in Europe to become a symbol of waste

As members of the European Parliament we are time and again confronted with the same question: why do you accept this carrousel of moving the Parliament between Brussels and Strasburg with all its blatant waste? Time after time emotions run high on this – and rightly so, write the members of the European Parliament’s Single Seat Steering group.
Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

Macron shows the ‘Juncker dilemma’ does not exist

Europe needs serious reform if it is to avoid being turned into a mere museum for rich Chinese tourists. But it is clearly possible to be both European and succeed in the global economy, writes MEP Gunnar Hökmark.
Politics 07-06-2017

Paris 2024 is a bet on Europe

On Tuesday 6 June, a delegation for the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be received by the European Parliament in its assembly. It is a big opportunity for Paris, and also for the European Union, writes Julian Jappert.
Future EU 12-05-2017

An outside-the-box solution to Brexit and the Strasbourg seat

Relocating the EU's UK-based agencies to Strasbourg and ending the European Parliament's monthly travelling circus is a logical solution that would benefit everyone, argues Bart Staes.
Future EU 12-05-2017

Macron, a promise for a new Europe

This 7 May could well mark the birth of a new Europe: becoming empowered, seeking out its true nature while remaining true to itself, taking clear-headed decisions, writes Antoine Ripoll.
Elections 10-05-2017

Patriotisme à l’européenne: Can identity politics save the EU?

If identity politics are here to stay, Emmanuel Macron’s win in the French presidential election is the proof that far from being toxic, the European brand can actually carry the day, write Tom Parker and Leanda Barrington-Leach.
Elections 19-04-2017

Will France’s next president be innovative?

France's election is a test-bed for democratic renewal. However, without a more coherent understanding of how to be more democratic, it is unlikely that the next French president will be truly innovative, writes Stephen Boucher.
Elections 28-02-2017

Populist economic policy and how to respond to it

It is crucial to explain to voters what the populist agenda is, why it is misleading and how national governments and the EU can respond, writes Ifo President Clemens Fuest.
Elections 07-02-2017

Macron, the anti-Trump

Macron winning the French presidency would be more than just a breath of fresh air for the European Union: it would an undeniable victory of Enlightenment values against the populist threat, argues Beatriz Becerra.
Future EU 27-01-2017

Trump will divide Europe

European leaders want to strengthen defence cooperation to prepare for the rest of Trump’s presidency and a weakened NATO. However, the new president will most likely divide Europe, not bring it together, warns Jonas J. Driedger.
Elections 10-01-2017

One head, two votes: The case for a pan-European list for EU elections

In the 2019 European elections, voters should be able to cast two votes: one for their national representative and another for a second representative elected by a single European electoral college, argues Giorgio Clarotti.
Trade & Society 09-12-2016

CETA and the crumbling Grand Coalition

European Parliament President Martin Schulz hasn’t vacated his post yet but talk of the Grand Coalition falling apart is already rife in Brussels. Final approval of CETA could be a huge opportunity for the socialists to claw back some ground, writes Pieter de Pous.
Enlargement 08-12-2016

EU should recognise Romania as bulwark against Russian expansionism

Moldova and Bulgaria recently joined Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in electing leaders with strong ties to the Kremlin. Romania remains the last pro-European bastion, writes Nicolas Tenzer.
Global Europe 24-11-2016

From Brexit to Trump: Transatlantic Allies in an era of unpredictability

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US President is not just a test for EU leaders and institutions, it’s test of free citizens in free societies, write Geoffrey Harris and Tim Oliver.
Elections 23-11-2016

Welcome to the Leak-ocracy:  Elections decided by Russian hackers and (Wiki)leaks

A new and disturbing factor emerged during this US presidential election, one that may change elections forever: democracies are now at the mercy of hacking and surveillance technologies, and those who control them. Steven Hill warns that Germany could be next.
Security 18-11-2016

EU defence in an age of uncertainty and crisis

The refugee crisis, the election of Donald Trump, the UK’s Brexit vote and the ever-present threat of terrorism, mean current conditions seem right for EU governments to take steps toward deeper military coordination or even integration, writes Richard Maher.
Climate change 09-11-2016

Marrakesh climate conference: A litmus test for the Paris Agreement

The international community must tie its Paris Agreement commitments to the SDGs if it takes climate change seriously. The COP22 is the first test of our leaders’ resolve, write Steffen Bauer and Clara Brandi.
Energy 07-11-2016

Carbon footprint of solar panels under microscope

As the COP22 opens this week in Marrakesh, recent news about solar power has been positive, with record-breaking tariffs reflecting the fast-declining price of solar electricity. But even solar plants can come with a heavy environmental footprint, writes Andreas Wade.