Open letter to the FDP: You have more leverage than Angela Merkel—use it wisely

In light of the push from Paris to create a pan-Eurozone budget, there is a real risk of transfer union—something most Germans don’t want. Knowing the flexibility Merkel has shown Brussels in the past, only the Free Democratic Party stands between German taxpayers and pensioners, and a system that penalizes them for their fiscal prudence.

Bad faith in Brussels: A warning to the UK’s Brexit negotiators

Rather than inspiring a constructive attitude to Brexit talks in Brussels, Theresa May’s Florence speech generated yet more calls for “clarity”, and that “sufficient progress” be made before talks could advance. This lacklustre EU position is not the result of sincere consideration of May’s proposals. Rather, it looks a lot more like a deliberate tactic to either prevent Brexit, or punish Britain.

Nein, Monsieur Macron: What the German election means for European integration

French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his vision for European integration in a speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Chief among his suggestions were a pan-Eurozone budget, pan-EU lists at the next European parliamentary election, and even a big step toward an EU military. In order to achieve any of these goals, Macron must gain approval from Germany, the bloc’s largest, most powerful member. With its recent election producing a fractured German parliament, the French President’s ambitions are set to meet a formidable roadblock.