France is confronted with a dilemma: Its arms deal with Russia jeopardizes Europe’s security. At the same time, the deal is crucial for its own arms industry. The EU could help out by buying the ships, write Claudia Major and Christian Mölling.
Any number of monetary sticking plasters won’t prevent political reality catching up with the changed Europe that follows the eurozone debt storm, argues Peter Wilding, warning it will also change Britain’s place in it.
François Hollande has brought 'growth' into the political discourse, but now he needs to deliver on his promise and convince EU leaders to get out of the current immobility, writes Party of European Socialists general secretary, Philip Cordery.
Though a Socialist, François Hollande’s relations with Angela Merkel are likely to remain within the framework of France’s long-term ‘Gaullist’ strategy of maintaining European power in the world and French influence in Europe, argues George Friedman.
'Buy French' and 'Made in France' have become the new catchphrases for candidates in the French presidential election, but the concept is questionable at least, writes Mathieu Magnaudeix, from Mediapart.