They had a complicated relationship, and sometimes that was also due to a lack of communication and the differences in the political culture of the two countries
There will be common positions, for example, on issues of a more common European fiscal policy, which Macron has long wanted
In practice, it will be the SPD and Greens who will set the policy in the long run, but the third government partner will be important for the overall narrative of the political project
The post Merkel era could also present an opportunity for Italy
The bigger problem is political will. The EU has enough strength and capabilities, but they cannot be used without political will.
The Austrian newspaper presents the new polling data by ECFR
Angela Merkel embodies a strong and stable Germany and has positioned herself as an anchor for Europe in more than a decade of crises
The key challenge, for whoever wins next week’s election, will be to convince Germans that a serious shift is required in how their country engages with the EU
Euronews quotes Jana Puglierin in their article on the newly published ECFR policy brief
They can no longer afford to remain neutral, or pursue the status quo. It is time for Berlin to take sides.
Germany’s outgoing chancellor Angela Merkel would be the preferred choice for a hypothetical ‘president of Europe’, compared with French President Macron
New ECFR study quoted in the Financial Times