A Proud Nation Ponders How to Halt Its Slow Decline – NYTimes.com
PARIS — For decades, Europeans have agonized over the power and role of Germany — the so-called German question — given its importance to European stability and prosperity.
Protests in Paris in May 1968 demanded that the postwar system must change. Students these days seek the opposite.
Today, however, Europe is talking about “the French question”: can the Socialist government of President François Hollande pull France out of its slow decline and prevent it from slipping permanently into Europe’s second tier?