What’s at stake: The European Commission blocked the merger between Alstom and Siemens, triggering the ire of the French and German governments. A Franco-German proposal to revamp merger control in the EU has given rise to a lively debate on the need for European champions.
The recent Franco-German Meseberg declaration will set the scene for next week’s summit. We review opinions on this important agreement.
Testimony of Bruegel's director during the hearing of the Commissions for the EU and for foreign relations, defense and armed forces of the French Senate on 24 January 2018
Franco-German relations as the ‘engine’ of European integration are widely perceived to have stalled in recent years. This policy contribution assesses what the Franco-German relationship can achieve, what its shortcomings are, and what it means for the wider governance of the euro area and the European Union.