We are keeping a close eye on France over the coming weekend, as that country votes in the first round of its presidential election. Ulrike Guerot has previewed the election from a German point of view in this blog post – ‘Should Merkel be scared of Hollande’ – asking whether German unease over a socialist victory is justified. In this article Thomas Klau argues that France deserves better than the campaign it has been given.
We’ll have more on the election as events unfold – and it sounds as though Thomas has already been kept very busy giving analysis to the French and European media.
Meanwhile, several other things have been keeping us busy:
European counter-terror wars risk failing to prevent attacks while weakening international law.
Faced with the prospect of a Trump or Clinton presidency, the transatlantic relationship is likely to face difficult challenges whatever the result.
Reforms in key state institutions, such as the judiciary, have failed to deliver results.