Franco-German cooperation: A compromise between vision and reality?

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Publication Date 06/02/2018
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The problems with forming a government after the 2017 German federal election had provided an opportunity for French President Emmanuel Macron to take the lead in outlining ambitious reforms for the European Union in a speech Initiative for Europe: A sovereign, united, democratic Europe in September 2017.

Paul Schmidt assessed where Franco-German cooperation stood in February 2018, and how the next German government could continue to shape the direction of European integration.

Commentators also reflected on what impact the Italian general election of 4 March 2018 would have on EU reform.

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