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Despite a range of challenges and threats, EU member states show little sign of developing a robust, unified foreign policy anytime soon. Four major weaknesses are to blame....(full article)

Europe’s leaders need to do more to get growth moving and a central player here has to be Germany....(full article)

Standing again on the cliff overlooking Recession Valley now prompts a fundamental realignment among the European powers....(full article)

Control of borders and budgets are two of the most traditional powers of the nation....(full article)

Europe's crisis is not one of capitalism but one of social democracy. Leftist economics has made the state so bloated that much of the continent remains mired in stagnation with li...(full article)

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Here's a Map of Ebola's Likely Travels - German Lopez, Vox

Outside of Africa, the risk is relatively high in the UK and France, but thankfully very low in India and China....

Student Protests Show Shifts in Human Geography - Sim Tack, Stratfor

Each student movement is unique; the one underway in Hong Kong concerns Hong Kong affairs, not widespread democratic reform in China proper. And yet all such movements share charac...

Why We Should not Pay Ransoms - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Ransoms are not the answer. Such payments not only sustain the market for future kidnappings, but – worse still – help groups like Isil prosper, grow, and kill thousand...

To Russia with Love - Sylvie Kauffmann, New York Times

When Sergei Naryshkin, the president of the Duma, the Russian Parliament’s lower house, came to Paris on Sept. 1, he had no problem meeting with French businessmen and legislator...

Tusk Gives the EU Reason for Optimism - Ian Hansen, EU Observer

Even for optimists, it is often difficult to be enthusiastic about the direction of the EU. However, the recent choice of Polish prime minister Donald Tusk as the next president of...

Europe Needs a New Social Contract - Kemal Dervis, Project Syndicate

It will not be possible to design this new social contract country by country. Europe has become too interwoven in myriad ways – not just in purely financial and economic ter...

The Growing Isolation of Angela Merkel - Der Spiegel

The Chancellery in Berlin has demanded that EU countries in crisis undertake far-reaching structural reforms coupled with biting austerity programs. Paris, meanwhile, has been the ...

Europe Has Been Scrimping on NATO - Gary Schmitt, NY Times

The reduction in military spending is a common theme across Europe. Five years ago, according to NATO figures, France’s military budget amounted to 2.4 percent of its G.D.P.; th...

The Fall of France - Paul Krugman, New York Times

Francois Hollande, the president of France since 2012, coulda been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe’s brie...

Hollande Stands His Ground on Austerity - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail

On Monday night, French President François Hollande stood outside Paris City Hall after what might euphemistically be called a very long day at the office. Hours earlier, he...

France & Friends Letting Germany Conquer Europe - Milton Ezrati, TNI

Without fundamental fiscal reform, the economies of the European periphery will be weak and increasingly subject to Teutonic domination....

A Belated Day of Reckoning for France - Jonathan Fenby, Financial Times

After two years of compromise, France’s President Normal has met his moment of truth. The stand-off between François Hollande, the Socialist head of state, and the leftwing of h...

British Voters Should Take a Look Across the Channel - Daily Telegraph

Anyone thinking of voting Labour in next year’s general election in the hope of seeing Ed Miliband in No 10 need only look across the Channel to be disabused of such foolhard...

France's Fake Crisis Boosts the Far Right - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

France is reshuffling its government for the second time in 147 days because at least two leftist ministers rebelled against Prime Minister Manuel Valls's pro-business, anti-spen...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

Why France Doesn't Want Scottish Independence - Hugh Schofield, BBC

Nothing unites different nations quite like mutual enemies. But the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France - both historic rivals of England - doesn't mean that the French gov...

France Returns to Work, Reluctantly - Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Telegraph

While their country is still being invaded by record numbers of foreign tourists – they rose above 84 million last year, 20 million more than the actual number of citizens and th...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

France Is Now the Eurozone's Weakest Link - Alister Heath, Telegraph

It is hard to exaggerate the trouble that Francois Hollande, France’s president, now finds himself in. It is not just that his popularity has collapsed and that his misgui...

Meet Europe's Gay Imam - Takis Wurger, Der Spiegel

A homosexual French Muslim imam is spreading a message of religion and tolerance in Europe. In addition to opening a gay-friendly mosque in Paris, he also recently married a lesbia...

France and the Loss of Greatness - Robert Zaretsky, New York Times

Tellingly, French politicians across the ideological spectrum invoke the names of both Jaurès and de Gaulle — a measure of their greatness, of course, but also the sma...

Europe's Moral Failure - Jerusalem Post

In city after city, attempts to draw the line between criticism of Israeli policies and crude anti-Semitism have been utterly abandoned....

The Trauma of France's Jews - Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate

“Death to the Jews!” In Paris and other French cities, the hate-filled words ring out. Attacks on synagogues have taken place for the first time since the Dreyfus Affai...

The West Has Ruined Libya - Richard Spencer, Daily Telegraph

Libya is being torn apart by a comedy war with amateur generals, but it is one that the Americans have done little to try to stop. And we cannot blame them, for Libya is not Washin...

The Most Important Battle You've Never Heard Of - Hugh Schofield, BBC

Exactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England....

Gaza on the Seine - Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

The conflict between Israel and Hamas hits close to home for France's Arabs and Jews. The French Republic might be the casualty....

Missing Air Algerie Flight Is a Reminder of Mali - Adam Taylor, WaPo

The reported disappearance of Air Algerie-operated flight AH5017 en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers has led to renewed interest in one troubled nation that t...

Thoughts on a French Strike - Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal

Not only is the SNCM highly indebted, but its annual losses amount to nearly half its revenues. This percentage far surpasses the budgetary deficits of any country, including Greec...

What Is Wrong with the Grand Nation? - Alexander Smoltczyk, Der Spiegel

The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along th...

Dark Days in France - The Economist

France's leaders are increasingly worried about the apparent rise of anti-Semitism in their country. Yesterday afternoon François Hollande, the president, called an urgent m...

Paris' Antisemitism Problem - Jerusalem Post

The shame of it is that this might not be an entirely out-of-favor viewpoint. It will lurk behind official denunciations of anti-Semitism....

France Redeploys Troops in Africa to Fight Terror - Corbet & Ahmed, AP

The redeployment of 3,000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa is expected to become official in the coming days. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Dria...

The Dirty Truth About French Food - Lizzie Porter, Daily Telegraph

New regulations aim to maintain high standards in French restaurants, but lack of innovation is the real problem...

Do French Still Care About Tour de France? - Eric Reed, The Conversation

July in France means tourists, sunflowers, Bastille Day and the running of the national bicycle race. The Tour is one of the most recognisable symbols of France in the global imagi...

France's 'Days of Anger' - Ian Tuttle, National Review

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is not a problem only of the Middle East. Its hatreds migrate....

Sarkozy's Reckless Political Encore - Arthur Goldhammer, NY Times

On July 2, France awoke to images of an unshaven and bleary-eyed Nicolas Sarkozy seated in the back of a police car after 15 hours of interrogation by the ...

The Changing Role of First Ladies - Yo-Jung Chen, The Diplomat

Slowly but surely, women are breaking through the glass ceiling of politics. While this of course is justly celebrated, relatively little attention is paid to a much more tradition...

France Decapitated - Roger Cohen, New York Times

The French dislike modernity. They mistrust it. That is the nub of the problem....

Face Veils and French Freedoms - Financial Times

EU states must not curb minority rights after court ruling...

Recession Looms Again for France - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

France is on the cusp of a fresh recession as services contract sharply and the country braces for yet another round of austerity cuts, with record jobless levels likely to bedevil...

Hollande Sets His Sights on Sarkozy - Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, The Telegraph

It has been open season on Nicolas Sarkozy ever since President Hollande was inaugurated on May 15 2012. Never an easy-going, approachable character, François Hollande has a mean,...

World Cup Revives Old Border Wars - Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

And then there were eight. The World Cup quarterfinals kick off Friday with two regional grudge matches: Brazil takes on an effervescent Colombia in the city of Fortaleza, while Fr...

It's Summer, So France Is on Strike - Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Telegraph

Gallic militancy may irritate you British, but imagine having to put up with it every day...

The French (Jihad) Connection - Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal

If cannabis were legal in France, Mehdi Nemmouche would be safely in Algeria, instead of under lock and key awaiting extradition to Belgium. Nemmouche was on his way to his father&...

No Sex Please, We're French - Zachary Karabell, Slate

The government of France has just made what on the face of it appears to be a nonannouncement announcement: It will not include illegal drugs and prostitution in its official calcu...

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