Whither Europe? Ask Felix Rohatyn

The ambassador to France talks about convergence and reform

In a Europe that is undergoing wrenching change, few Americans have been as well-equipped to represent the U.S. as Felix G. Rohatyn, the former head of Lazard Freres & Co. in New York. In December, Rohatyn will be ending a three-year stint as the U.S. Ambassador to France. With his stellar contacts and Continental background--the Vienna-born banker spent several years in France before reaching the U.S. in 1942--Rohatyn has helped defuse the oftentimes anti-American rhetoric of the French Establishment. He took some time out to reflect on France, the European Union, and transatlantic relations with European Regional Editor John Rossant.

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