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Les Echos - France | 22/01/2013

The relationship lacks that certain spark

The German-French friendship may not be faring as poorly as has often been made out in recent months, but nevertheless it lacks that certain spark for a successful common future, the liberal business paper Les Echos believes: "Half-way between a tired ritual and the celebration of real successes that only came about after prolonged trench warfare: that's what a good number of French and Germans will say when they see images of today's ceremonies in Berlin marking the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. ... In fact, the pessimism that hovers over the Franco-German friendship is excessive. For half a century, relations between the two countries have been complex, and compromises difficult to reach. We all know that neither the reunification nor the common currency were conceived on a bed of roses. No, what is lacking in Franco-German relations is the fire of passion and the breath of life to keep that fire alive. The fire that is lacking: the elites of the two countries are less attached than previous generations to this special relationship. The breath that is lacking: after the euro, the next objective to be pursued is far from clear."

Les Echos - France | 10/11/2010

G20 summit doomed to failure

The G20 summit begins on Thursday in the South Korean capital Seoul. In its leading article the liberal business paper Les Echos does not hide its scepticism about what can be achieved: "There is a major risk that over and above the inevitable consensual declaration, the G20 summit in Seoul ... will be a fiasco. There are so many contentious issues that fundamental agreement over today's three most pressing priorities - redressing commercial imbalances, improving coordination between countries and stabilising exchange rates - already seems utterly unattainable. Unless the unexpected happens, the sole question that remains one day prior to the summit is whether the leaders will allow their differences of opinion to come to the fore or not. The substance or lack of substance of the final declaration will furnish part of the answer."

Les Echos - France | 08/11/2010

Battle over French pension reform ends

According to government sources 140,000 people once more hit the streets in France on Saturday in protest at the pension reform. But the biggest wave of unrest is over, writes the business paper Les Echos: "The battle over pensions is over, and ends with the victory of the government and Nicolas Sarkozy. Without making concessions on the essential points, he was able to pass a reform the magnitude of which - in symbolic, financial and political terms - is profound. And which will in addition have a real and rapid effect on the lives of the French. ... If one seeks to give a meaning to the public support for the demonstrators, the six months of conflict have once more confirmed the difficult relationship of the French to work, as well as the profound unease of the middle classes as regards their future. It was true before the crisis, and is even truer now."

Les Echos - France | 13/10/2010

Protest movement wants more

Depending on which count is to be believed, between 1.2 million and 3.5 million people took part in the demonstrations in France on Tuesday. But the business paper Les Echos believes the demonstrators' protest is about more than just the pension reform: "Despite these figures on which no one can rely, the situation is clear: the trade unions have won their bet, the mobilisation has not lost impetus and the scenario of a quick battle which the Elysée would have preferred has dissolved. This leaves the key question: what were they betting on and what is their goal? … The protest movement remains ambiguous because the public knows full well that reform is necessary in theory. The sentiment it is expressing now goes far beyond pensions: anti-Sarkozyism plays just as big a role as discontent with the social situation after the crisis … and the tensions that have arisen from several government reforms."

Les Echos - France | 03/02/2009

Protests at universities

The business paper Les Echos comments on the opposition at French universities to the planned reforms: "It took just a few weeks for the flame of protests to spread from schools to universities. In both cases we must hope it will not entirely consume the desire for reforms. For 25 years the 60,000 assistant lecturers have had only one obligation: a choice between giving 128 hours in lectures, 192 hours in seminars or 288 hours of practical training. On the other hand time invested in research is neither paid nor evaluated. … Total independence and average salaries. We must give up this historical, but inadequate compromise. Among all the proposals the most controversial idea is to give the presidents of the individual universities more power. However, researchers fear their control for they do not regard them as equals. But the quality of work can be best assessed where the work is being done. To deny this would raise suspicions that the entire profession rejects evaluation."

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