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:
A political tsunami is on the horizon driven by more referenda - meet the insurgent parties calling for them.
The China analysis draws on Chinese sources to assess how the issue looks from China, teasing out the common ground, and points of disagreement.
“China’s market economy status and the European interest” argues that the question of market economy status is a red herring.
The growing friendship between Russia and Turkey in recent years was a problem for Europe. But their recent bust-up is an even bigger one.
A British exit from the EU could jeopardise the jobs, homes, and healthcare of the 1.2 million Brits living in Europe, according to new research from ECFR.