With a new French President at her side, Merkel feels invigorated again. She even feels a sense of destiny regarding Europe.
It’s not a foregone conclusion that Germany always has the upper hand economically over France.
A run-off between the far right and the far left candidates would be a choice between bad and ugly for France and Europe.
While Macron wants a “European France,” Fillon aims for the pipedream of a “French Europe.”
The potential future French President’s views on the EU, while still emerging, are a matter of global interest.
Returning to the spirit of the 1930s is not a program for government.
In contrast to France, disruption rather than continuity is the order of the day in India today.
Marine Le Pen’s inexorable rise augurs poorly for France and Europe.