Following Beppe Grillo's stellar performance in the Italian election, we take the pulse in Greece, Spain and France. What other populist movements might benefit from the Grillo effect, and what kind of movements are they?
Is the euro too strong ? François Hollande appears to think so. At a time when the single currency has gained against the Us dollar, the French President says the eurozone should be more proactive in steering exchange rates. That comes as there are growing gears that a global currency was is looming. To talk about this, Markus Karlsson talks to Jean-Paul Betbeze. He's a senior advisor at the French Bank Credit Agricole and he's currently in the process of starting his own consultancy firm.
IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 07/02/13: Libération says the Tunisian revolution has been betrayed after the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid. France is increasingly isolated in Europe, according to Le Figaro. And French rocker Johnny Hallyday bares his soul in a new book.
De Gaulle wanted a "Europe of nations", Adenauer espoused more federalism. Fifty years on, what’s changed? With the euro under strain, François Picard’s panel argues over two distinct visions for making the Franco-German couple last.
Britain's place in the European Union is a thorny question that dogs David Cameron and has haunted his Conservative Party for four decades. The British Prime Minister is expected to tackle the issue on Wednesday, amid speculation he will pave the way for a referendum on whether or not to stay in the EU at all. But the prospect of Britain going it alone doesn't please everyone...
Two years ago, Viviane Reding famously clashed with then French president Nicolas Sarkozy over the expulsion of Roma citizens. She has since embarked on a new campaign to promote gender equality in the highest ranks of Europe's business world. She and Christophe Robeet look back at 2012 and discuss whether it was a good year for Europe's citizens.
Christophe Robeet speaks to Alain Lamassoure, an influential MEP who currently chairs the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets. Lamassoure says 2012 has been a decisive year for the EU and urges François Hollande to show more leadership in dealing with the eurozone crisis. He calls France’s fiscal policies irresponsible and defends French actor Gérard Depardieu’s decision to take up Belgian citizenship.