The End of France as We Know It?

When an event grabs headlines like the protests in France have I temper my reactions to it.  I didn't give the Yellow Vest protests much thought at first wanting to see where they would lead. Protests like this and even bigger ones like Catalonian independence are invariably betrayed by the European political establishment.  They become … Continue reading The End of France as We Know It?

Meet the New Merkel, Same as the Old Merkel

So Angela Merkel is out as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).  In comes Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel's close ally who won the party's support with a very narrow victory over more conservative Friedrich Merz. The goal , as always in Europe, was to maintain the status quo politically. Change needed to change nothing.  Brexit negotiations … Continue reading Meet the New Merkel, Same as the Old Merkel