France has long prided itself on its generous labor laws, that give workers more security and more perks than in most European countries. But hit by the eurozone crisis and an ageing population, France now needs reform
School teachers in France have gone on strike, protesting the government's new plans to revamp the country's education system. The new proposal will give schools more freedom on what they teach and create equality.
Germany and France have pledged to do all they can to strike a global climate deal by the end of the year. At informal talks in Berlin, both countries stressed the need for economic incentives for decarbonization.
Germans famously take two things very seriously: Their work, and rules. That makes rules governing work doubly important. A fight over collective bargaining rules has huge implications for Europe's powerhouse economy.
It may be a watershed moment for the eurozone. Overall growth this quarter was led by France and Italy - not Germany. That could signal the eurozone has finally freed itself from the lingering effects of its debt crisis.