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:
Chinese state-owned enterprise mergers raise fears of ‘too big to regulate’ companies
Despite the vote in the European Parliament to “freeze” Turkey’s EU accession talks, there is still a chance to save the troubled EU-Turkey relationship.
The latest edition of China Analysis assesses the growing relationship between Russia and China.
Renewed focus on differentiation one of few hopes for saving the two state solution.
China’s response to the terror threat is becoming increasingly militarised and could accelerate if there are more attacks on Chinese nationals.