Ania Nussbaum
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French President Emmanuel Macron during an interview on the fringes of the Choose France summit in Versailles, France, on Monday
BUSINESS / Companies
May 14, 2024
Macron puts French banks in play with plan to transform Europe
Macron has been trying to persuade his EU partners to embrace reforms that he says would turn the bloc into a more united and powerful economic force.
French President Emmanuel Macron with French fencing champion Sara Balzer and Minister of Culture of France Rachida Dati, as the president attends a demonstration by the French fencing team during his visit to the Grand Palais, 100 days ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 16, 2024
Macron’s push to arm Europe is getting more urgent — and more dangerous
The fundamental problem for Macron is that he hasn’t managed to energize either France’s voters or its economic and military might behind his approach.
French President Emmanuel Macron on International Women's Day in Paris on March 8
WORLD / Politics
Mar 14, 2024
France faces centrist vacuum as far right builds momentum for presidency
A far-right presidency would be a transformational moment for France, Europe’s second largest economy.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2023.
Feb 24, 2024
Europe’s east is losing faith in its west over arming Ukraine
The mood in diplomatic circles is that, should Russia ultimately win its war in Ukraine, Western Europe will not be forgiven.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to greets Finland's Prime Minister at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 5, 2023
With subtler engagement, Macron refashions himself as EU linchpin
In areas ranging from defense to industrial policy, officials familiar with Europe's inner workings say Macron is calling the shots as rarely before.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at the Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome on Tuesday.
Sep 27, 2023
Macron is pushing the EU into $900 billion fight with China
The bloc's new approach is being shaped by French concerns that Beijing’s trade practices have started to pose a critical threat to core industries.
Nigerien security forces launch tear gas to disperse pro-junta demonstrators gathered outside the French embassy, in Niamey, the capital city of Niger, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 1, 2023
Macron’s Africa strategy in tatters as his bet on Niger unravels
France is struggling to convince nations in the Sahel region the presence of a former colonial power can bring results.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 8, 2023
Macron is trying to get back on the right side of history — and NATO
The French leader has shifted gears, aiming to speed the eastward expansion of both NATO and the European Union by clearing a pathway to membership for Ukraine.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2023
Macron handed Marine Le Pen her big chance and she’s struggling
Le Pen’s advisers identified the wave of anger unleashed by Macron’s pension reform as a great opportunity, but the old problems that have dogged her career won’t go away.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2023
Macron driving diplomatic efforts toward talks between Russia and Ukraine
The French president has tasked his foreign policy adviser to work with China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, to establish a framework for the talks, sources have said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 18, 2023
Macron wants China’s help to bring Russia and Ukraine to the table
On his recent trip to China, the French president fell short of his goal to convince Xi to talk to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2023
French President seeks to defend stance on China after backlash
Emmanuel Macron says his view on Taiwan hasn’t shifted and pointed to a shared vision of an open Indo-Pacific region with U.S. President Joe Biden.
Japan Times
Mar 24, 2023
Macron challenged by new strikes as he digs in on pensions
Anger over raising the minimum retirement age to 64 from 62 shows no sign of receding more than two months after the start of a series of walkouts and marches across France.
Japan Times
Aug 30, 2022
France and Germany eye plan to counter Russian propaganda with vlogging and visas
In an unofficial draft, officials note a need to prevent feeding the Russian narrative and trigger unintended rallying-around the flag effects that would estrange future generations.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2022
Macron closes in on second term in France as Le Pen falters
The gap between the two of them has widened since April 10 to about 12 percentage points, as Le Pen's weaknesses on the economy became more apparent.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2022
Macron says Le Pen risks ‘civil war’ in France over Muslim veils
Le Pen said Macron's economic policies had been a disappointment and referred to herself as the 'spokeswoman of the French people.'
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 30, 2021
Macron gets Biden to apologize before real G20 work begins
On the eve of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Rome, the U.S. president admitted his administration had been 'clumsy” in handling a new defense pact with Australia and the U.K.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2021
French furious at Biden for cutting them out of submarine deal
French officials were blindsided Wednesday night when the U.S. and the U.K. announced a new security partnership to supply Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2021
Attending her last G7, Merkel has had enough of U.S. leadership
For Merkel, the relief is genuine at the prospect of dealing with Biden rather than Trump. Still, Europe is determined to carve out a bigger global role on a par with the U.S.
Japan Times
May 10, 2021
U.K.-France standoff near Jersey shows how Brexit fish fight isn't over
Jersey, a self-governing British crown dependency near France that relies on Britain for its defense, has become ensnared in fraught cross-Channel relations.


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