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:
The sixth ECFR Foreign Policy Scorecard highlights the EU's diminishing ability to influence its neighbours, and the neighbourhood's growing impact on the EU.
Europe’s member states have too much to lose from a maritime conflict in East Asia to maintain their current position as a cautious observers
Why migration, finance and trade are the geo-economic battlegrounds of the future
Worries over China’s economic performance in 2015 will continue into the future – and are breaking through into Chinese media
Despite speculation of crisis waiting in the wings, Algeria is making tentative steps towards opening its economy and confronting political transition