Europe’s futile search for Franco-German leadership

  • 2020-10-30
  • Josef Joffe
For decades, France and Germany have been known as Europe’s ruling “tandem” or “couple,” even its “engine.” Together, they aimed to work to unify the continent. But, to pile up the metaphors, the French want to drive the jointly leased Euro-Porsche, while the Germans insist on rationing the gas money. As a long list of crises – from Belarus to Nagorno-Karabakh – now shows, the two countries are not following the same road map. That is not surprising. As former German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel has put it, France a...
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