By Lili Bayer
At Geopolitical Futures, we have discussed extensively the fragmentation and weakening of the European Union. We have written about the goals of the eurozone’s largest economy, Germany, and about the serious challenges facing economies in the south, particularly Italy. But the most important relationship that underpins the European Union and shapes the continent’s future is the one between France and Germany.
On the surface, the Franco-German alliance is regarded as stable and has persisted for over half a century. However, the balance of power between France and Germany has not been static since West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gaulle began shaping their countries’ post-war alliance. The fall of the Soviet Union and diverging economic models have strained the relationship. As the European Union weakens under the pressure of economic and migration issues, German and French interests are growing even further apart, threaten