A combination of economic woes, historical baggage, and political distrust means that France is perceived as Europe’s weak link.
U.S. President Donald Trump may not be popular in France, but some of his views on defense and security could be considered typical French positions.
Together, France and Germany can live up to the daunting responsibility of coordinating their growing defense budgets in a way that benefits Europe.
Talk of a European nuclear deterrent might be welcome in Washington, but such a scheme would do very little to help Europe tackle the biggest challenges it faces.
Since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president in November 2016, reality has gained ground in the battle against populism.
The success of populist movements across Europe is not inevitable, despite Britain’s vote to leave the EU and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.
As the 2017 Munich Security Conference draws to a close, it is clear that the future of the EU will be determined largely in Washington and Paris.
European governments have had enough of U.S. haranguing but still have different views about defense and security.
The longer the French government postpones economic reforms, the weaker Europe will become.
Following Donald Trump’s electoral victory in the United States, will French presidential candidate François Fillon be defeated by populism?