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Joseph de Weck
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is a journalist and historian based in Paris. He consults on geopolitical and macroeconomic risk and writes the monthly Pariscope column for Berlin Policy Journal.

The French are self-involved, or so the cliché goes. But they are no chauvinists—just ask the French president.

France wants insurance against Chinese hegemony.

French President Emmanuel Macron has dropped his bulldozer approach to European politics.

Macron wants to turn Corona into a European challenge, but falls flat on his own and Berlin’s nationalist reflexes.

Germany’s policy of West-orientation has been fading under Angela Merkel, but it might soon see a revival.

After Barack Obama came Donald Trump. So will Emmanuel Macron be followed by Marine Le Pen? No, but evoking that threat could prove useful …

Libya is a perfect case study for the shortcomings of Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy initiatives.

Is Germany’s elder statesman Wolfgang Schäuble the Berlin ally French President Emmanuel Macron never had?

The French President likes to make blunt statements that provoke public outrage. Berlin should brace for more to come.

Emmanuel Macron is trying to mend fences with Rome.

The changing of the guard in Brussels offers the French president the chance of a new beginning in Europe.

Emmanuel Macron has turned to an old strategy: leveraging France’s budding rapprochement with Moscow.

The European Union often fails to make its mark on global affairs due to internal divisions. Scrapping the unanimity requirement for European foreign policy positions could help—but it can’t come without burden-sharing.

Marine Le Pen risks being sidelined—at home and in Europe.