The path for Europe

Opinion Focus: The eurozone economy is enjoying a recovery and the threat of populism across Europe has been contained. There are opportunities for the EU to push ahead with reforms. Will it take them? Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

Another shock could be a disaster so the bloc must grasp the chance to find solutions

France’s president was careful to accommodate German sensitivities

But with Angela Merkel weakened despite her election victory, a new grand bargain for the eurozone will be more complicated

The French president’s plans can help restore the EU’s sense of purpose

The idea stops short of full fiscal union, for which there is no political appetite

Public squabbling between major stakeholders is already proving counterproductive