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[The New York Times] Luxembourg’s Exclusion of France from Coalition Formation

Luxembourg's recent move to exclude France from coalition formation has highlighted significant differences in opinions between the two countries, as well as with Germany. France's cautious and weary stance on European integration contrasts with Germany's commitment to regain reputation. Luxembourg's alignment with Germany reflects its desire for increased representation in decision-making committees. Furthermore, the distribution of power within the coalition formation process varies depending on party size.


France, traditionally a champion of European integration, has grown more cautious and doubtful amidst recent challenges. While still advocating for integration, the French Delegate seeks to protect national interests and ensure the benefits are shared by all member states. Germany is committed to European integration as it aims to rebuild its global reputation. Leading efforts to address the eurozone crisis and Brexit, the German delegation recognizes that a united Europe enhances its influence and economic power.


Luxembourg's exclusion of France aligns with the German perspective, driven by the desire for increased representation and influence in EU decision-making bodies. Forming alliances with like-minded countries, the Luxembourgish delegate aims to amplify its voice in shaping policies that impact its interests. Power distribution in coalition formation is often influenced by party size. Larger parties seek more decision-making power, creating challenges for smaller states like the Grand Duchy. France and Germany, with their greater political capital, compete to maintain influence, potentially clashing with smaller states' interests.


Luxembourg's exclusion of the French Republic from coalition formation underscores the contrasting views on European integration, caution, and representation within the EU. While France exercises caution, Germany strives to regain reputation through integration efforts. Luxembourg aligns with Germany's aspirations to enhance representation. Power dynamics based on party size further complicate the process. Constructive dialogue and compromise are necessary to forge cohesive policies that benefit all member states in the complex landscape of EU politics.


Luna Monterey, European Correspondent for The New York Times


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