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Will Michel Go to War for Marianne?

The reactions to the attacks in Paris have demonstrated the special character of the German-French relationship—but how far does this friendship go? The attacks in Paris have resulted in an …

Merkel and Hollande Address European Parliament

In recent years, as Europe has confronted crisis after crisis, we have seen the importance of German leadership, and of integrating that leadership into a community of nations working toward …

Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation

Now available in paperback, AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Director Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman’s book, “Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation: From Enmity to Amity,” highlights Germany as a model for …

First Impressions of French Apprenticeships

As part of the AICGS site visit tour, my colleagues and I spent our first day in Paris getting an in-depth view of the French apprenticeship system. We started off at …

Trading French Reform for German Investment: A Win-Win for Berlin and the Eurozone

As economic growth in Germany falls short and French prospects begin looking up, now is the time for a new Grand Bargain over debt and reform in the Euro Zone. AICGS Non-Resident Fellow Peter Rashish details the impact of French President Francois Hollande’s recent successes in economic reform, including removing left-wing cabinet members from office.

Franco-German Relations: A River Runs Through It

While sharing a common border for centuries, France and Germany have always had deep differences going back even to the days before the two countries even existed. Julius Caesar had …

The Franco-German Elysée Treaty at Fifty: A Model for Others?

The fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 Elysée Treaty provides occasion for reflection on the larger meaning of this landmark for Franco-German relations, but also raises the question of whether its …

The Growing French-German Rift

Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, does not mince words. Speaking before a German audience in Berlin, the German politician says that it is time to wake up …

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