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On Syria and Trump, President Macron in the illusion of influence
News Briefs, 16 avril, 2018

A couple of seconds within a two-and-a-half hour television interview propelled French President Macron on the front pages of international media, as the one who claims he persuaded President Trump to change his policy in Syria. Macron repeated four times that "we convinced him” to maintain US troops in the country and to limit air strikes to the regime’s chemical weapons sites. This publicly made statement is more than a diplomatic gaffe. It also, and above all, reveals that the French president is tempted by a rather naive approach to relations with America, the same that had, time and time again, led Britain into an impasse.

European defense: the new CSDP-NATO conundrum
Défense & Stratégie, Automne 2017, n°42, pp. 5-29
05 déc, 2017


The turbulences in the European and transatlantic skies over the course of the past year obviously have not been without impact on the coexistence between the Atlantic Alliance and the European Union's (EU) Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). Long-time taboos have been lifted, initiatives are multiplying, new perspectives seem to open up, and immediately generate powerful backlashes. The outcome will depend largely, once again, on the choices made, and determination displayed, by France.

European flag: symbol of a link or an allegiance?
Articles, 30 nov, 2017

At the mid-October EU summit, President Macron joined the so-called Declaration No. 52, ten years after the Lisbon Treaty was adopted and France decided not to sign the annexed Declaration on EU symbols.[1] If the new French president chose to reverse policy at this particular moment, it is primarily as a response to far-left leader Mélenchon’s recent call to ban the European flag from the Assemblée nationale (the Lower House of the Parliament). Whereas the Declaration is legally non-binding, the move is intended, in Emmanuel Macron’s words, to “assert the attachment” of France to the symbols of Europe. One point that seems to have been largely overlooked, is that the meaning of those symbols can be very different, depending on whether one refers to the French or English version of the text.

President Macron’s Balancing Act
Lecture at the Princeton Committee of FPRI
26 oct, 2017


Overview of the various aspects of French President Emmanuel Macron's policies. From domestic policy, economic, social and integration issues, to Macron's first steps on the world stage, with a particular emphasis on his European priorities. Lecture at the Princeton Committee of FPRI*. 

Europe’s Voters Have Spoken…But What Did They Say?
FPRI Radio
28 sept, 2017


I had the pleasure to discuss the results of German elections, in a broader European context, with Ronald Granieri and Jeremy Black at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. To listen to the conversation, please click here.

President Macron’s France: Between Internal Turmoil and External Crossroads
Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes
10 mai, 2017


 “One only comes out of ambiguity to their own detriment,” this maxim often repeated by former President François Mitterrand sounds like a premonitory warning in the aftermath of Emmanuel Macron’s election in France.

Conversation on the eve of French presidential elections
FPRI Radio
20 avril, 2017


I had the pleasure to discuss the upcoming French elections with Ronald Granieri at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. To listen to the conversation, please click on the link.

Soon-to-be President Trump, the best ally for France's European policy
News Briefs, 17 janv, 2017

NATO "obsolete", the Brexit "a success"? The bluntly expressed views of the U.S. president-elect[1] are the best thing that has happened to France’s European policy[2] over the past quarter of a century.

France: independence despite everything
News Briefs, 02 janv, 2017

"In the face of great powers, old ones as well as new, France must reaffirm its independence ... few countries have by their defense - in other words their armed forces and foreign policy - the capacity to decide sovereignly. We do have it. And we must do everything possible to preserve this strategic freedom."[1]

The announcement of F. Hollande's non-candidature
News Briefs, 01 déc, 2016

 
France, guardian of the temple for European defence
Articles, 20 nov, 2014

 
France s “return” to NATO: false reasons and true consequences
La Lettre Sentinel n°51, avril 2009
08 avril, 2009


Hailed (or intensely disparaged, it depends) as a "return to the fold", would the reintegration by France of the integrated military structures end up exploding the Alliance? The question is paradoxical only in appearance.

The General facing NATO: an analysis still relevant
La Lettre Sentinel n°51, avril 2009
01 avril, 2009


 
France, NATO and the West – on the margin of the Védrine report
La Lettre Sentinel n°47, octobre 2007
31 oct, 2007


At the watershed of two epochs
Magyar-francia kapcsolatok 1945-1990 (G. Kecskés)
20 mars, 2006


Commentary on a document related to the visit in Budapest of Commission President Jacques Delors and French Minister of Foreign Affairs Roland Dumas, 16-17 November 1989. 
Europe : chronicle of a decline foretold (demography, immigration, integration)
Népszabadság Online
23 janv, 2006


 
Europe’s French conscience
Népszabadság Online
27 mai, 2005


There is no doubt that France has always constituted the cornerstone of the whole European construction: in its capacity as the guardian of the temple: the one who watches the project being kept on its original political track and who reminds the others to bear in mind the pursuit of those strategic purposes.

France: From Great Power Illusions to the Europeanization of ambitions
Nemzeti identitás és külpolitika az euroatlanti térségben (ed. L. J. Kiss)
01 janv, 2005


Dilemmas of the guardian of the temple: France and enlargement of the European Union
Európa 2002, 2004/4
15 déc, 2004


From the French point of view enlargement cannot relegate to the second plan the aspiration to European independence and prosperity. On the contrary: the CEE countries’ accession must be carried out in a way to serve the cause of the preservation of the European model and of Europe's sovereignty.

France and the War in Iraq: the Anatomy of a Crisis Management Carried Out with Cartesian Logic
Irak- háborúra ítélve (L. Andor - P. Tálas - L. Valki)
01 mars, 2004


In-depth analysis of the French position preceding the outbreak of the war in Iraq.
Clash between French and British visions on world order
Új világrend az iraki háború után. Bp., 2005.,
01 déc, 2003


 
Visions and counter-visions, or on the fundamental contradictions of the transatlantic relation
Külügyi Szemle 2003/4
01 déc, 2003


European-American structural tensions – breeding for decades and becoming acute with the end of the bipolar era – were merely brought onto surface by the Iraq crisis. Beyond the official pseudo-vision and occasional visions represented by German hesitations, the two genuine, concurring visions about Europe, transatlantic relations and the international order are advocated respectively by the British and the French.

Reprimands from Chirac
Journal Francophone de Budapest
05 mars, 2003


The priorities of France's European policy
A francia Európa-politika prioritásai
22 déc, 2000




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