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If the European Union wants to survive and thrive, it should pay attention to the legacy of Dr. Helmut Kohl. The former German Chancellor, who died last week, belongs to a line of giants including Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer. What they understood is what today's European leaders are getting wrong.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Emmanuel Macron may be a fresh face, but France’s new president poses much less of a threat to the cosy status quo than his vanquished Republican opponent, Francois Fillon. Now that Mr. Macron has a solid parliamentary majority behind him, he will have to make choices and take sides. Chances are that his eclectic program will prove a disappointment.
European defence has been the target of modernisation since the end of the Cold War in 1991. It has been searching for a future role in the post-Cold War world where former East-West tensions have diminished and defence budgets cut. This report is the first of a two-part series looking at European defence.
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Europe's future is being debated as its member states face a series of financial crises. In the third part of our series on the European Union we look at the French view of Europe, how it regards its role at the centre of any grouping at a time when the French people see themselves as French rather than Europeans.
Dr. Emmanuel Martin