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How Macron Can Unite Europe

Posted by hkarner - 24. Mai 2017

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The Varieties of Populist Experience

Posted by hkarner - 18. Mai 2017

 

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Angela Merkel Shows Willingness to Join France in Bolstering EU

Posted by hkarner - 17. Mai 2017

Date: 16-05-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

In meeting with new French President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor says open to changing treaties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled new openness to far-reaching changes to fortify the European Union as she met with French President Emmanuel Macron on his first full day on the job.

The two leaders said Mr. Macron’s victory in France’s presidential election could breathe new life into the Franco-German relationship, which has long been the motor for pulling EU member states closer together. Ms. Merkel’s relief at having such a staunch pro-European partner in Mr. Macron was palpable: A few weeks ago, she faced the possibility of confronting his since-vanquished rival, far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, whose political career has for years been devoted to destroying the project of European integration. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Macron Marches Into the Breach of EU Overhaul

Posted by hkarner - 16. Mai 2017

Date: 15-05-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Simon Nixon

Arguably his boldest idea would establish a eurozone budget overseen by a eurozone finance minister

The symbolism could hardly be clearer: Emmanuel Macron will spend his first full day as president of France in Berlin visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The man who campaigned as an ardent pro-European, who greeted the crowds at his victory rally to the strains of the European Union anthem, and who pledged at his inauguration on Sunday to “reform and relaunch the EU” is signaling that this work starts immediately.

Yet Mr. Macron may find the challenge of overhauling the EU even more daunting than reforming France. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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France’s Anti-Populist Populist

Posted by hkarner - 16. Mai 2017

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Germany Will Lose if Macron Fails

Posted by hkarner - 16. Mai 2017

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Europa und Macron Koste es, was es wolle

Posted by hkarner - 15. Mai 2017

Date: 14-05-2017
Source: SPIEGEL Ein Kommentar von Stefan Kuzmany

Am Sonntag wird Emmanuel Macron als französischer Präsident vereidigt. Er braucht unsere uneingeschränkte Solidarität, denn sein Scheitern wäre das Ende der Europäischen Union.

Der Anlass war schrecklich, die Ansage eindeutig: Am 12. September 2001, einen Tag nach den Anschlägen in den USA, hielt der damalige Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder eine Rede vor dem Deutschen Bundestag, in der er die terroristische Gewalt verdammte – sie bedrohe, sprach Schröder, „unmittelbar die Prinzipien menschlichen Zusammenlebens in Freiheit und Sicherheit, all das also, was in Generationen aufgebaut wurde“. Doch werde man sich diese Werte nicht zerstören lassen. Schröder sicherte den USA die „uneingeschränkte Solidarität“ Deutschlands zu und ebnete so den Weg für den Afghanistan-Einsatz der Bundeswehr.

Man kann lange darüber streiten, ob dieser Krieg, der viele Menschenleben und viel Geld kostete, die Welt tatsächlich sicherer gemacht hat, ob er das menschliche Zusammenleben und die Freiheit befördern konnte. Aber Schröder und seine Regierung haben ihn damals mit diesem Ziel beschlossen, sie sahen ihn offenbar als notwendig an, um auf die Bedrohung zu reagieren.

Auch heute ist unsere Freiheit, unser Friede bedroht, die Art, wie wir leben, die Werte, die uns zusammenhalten. Zur andauernden terroristischen Bedrohung ist eine neue, ebenso gefährliche gekommen. Sie operiert nicht mit gekaperten Flugzeugen und Bomben. Sie sickert schleichend ein, sie nimmt ihren Ausgang in den Köpfen und Herzen vieler Menschen in Europa. Die Grundlage unseres Friedens und Wohlstands ist in Gefahr: Die Europäische Union droht auseinanderzubrechen. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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La Condition Française

Posted by hkarner - 14. Mai 2017

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Can Emmanuel Macron revive the Franco-German relationship?

Posted by hkarner - 13. Mai 2017

Date: 11-05-2017
Source: The Economist

Getting Europe back to speed will be no easy task

LIKE all the best clichés, the notion that the European Union is driven by a Franco-German “locomotive” is grounded in truth. From the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community to the creation of the euro, almost all the signature projects of post-war Europe have emerged from Paris and Berlin. The compromises forged between two former foes with competing political and economic visions have proved powerful enough to bring much of the rest of the continent along with them. Lately, though, the French part of the engine has run out of steam, and the European train has been idling. Can Emmanuel Macron, the young reformer who won France’s presidency wrapped in the EU flag, shunt it back on to the rails?

The grandest of Mr Macron’s many ideas involve fixing what he calls the “half-pregnancy” of Europe’s single currency. He wants intra-euro-zone transfers and investment, funded from a common budget and administered by fresh institutions like a finance ministry and parliament. But Germany has long looked askance at such gouvernement économique. As the two countries’ economic performance has diverged, it has become ever harder for French ideas to find an audience in Berlin. In 2012 Mr Macron’s newly minted predecessor (and former boss), François Hollande, took his anti-austerity campaign pledge to Angela Merkel and returned to Paris with a flea in his ear. Soon enough he was executing endless U-turns. He leaves office on May 14th with historically low approval ratings, an example of what not to do. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Macron and a Sixth Republic?

Posted by hkarner - 12. Mai 2017

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