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French EU commissioner to share powers on national budgets

30.09.14 @ 17:52

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici will have to share his powers on national budgets with fiscal hawk and commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis. According to a letter sent by Jean-Claude Juncker to MEPs ...

Online anti-EU networks fragmented and nation-based

12.09.14 @ 09:24

Anti-EU online networks are as fragmented and nationally-based as in the real world and they tend to operate in isolation, but the big exception is Ukip which has built up a large online network in the UK. A study by ...

French far right at 'gates of power'

08.09.14 @ 09:28

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday (7 September) warned that the far-right is “at the gates of power”, as the ruling left struggles under its unpopular president, Francois Hollande. "In France, the extreme ...

France wants to create new EU migration post

02.09.14 @ 16:34

France wants a new European coordinator to ensure member states follow through more rapidly on their asylum and border control commitments. A French official close to the issue said the coordinator is needed because the ...

Hollande calls for special summit on eurozone growth

28.08.14 @ 18:10

French president Francois Hollande has called for a summit on eurozone growth, warning that “Europe is threatened by a long and possibly interminable stagnation if we do nothing.” In a speech to his ambassadors in Paris ...

Valls picks investment banker as France's new economy minister

27.08.14 @ 09:29

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls appointed Emmanuel Macron, a 36-year-old former merchant banker, as his economy minister on Tuesday (26 August), as he unveiled his new government Valls, who was himself appointed by ...

French government in turmoil over economic policies

26.08.14 @ 07:51

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday (25 August) tendered his government's resignation after more leftist ministers voiced criticism to what is being perceived as German-imposed austerity. The embattled French ...

France scraps deficit target, as eurozone recovery halts

14.08.14 @ 19:17

France has all but abandoned a target to shrink its deficit, as the eurozone endured a turbulent day that raised the prospect of a triple-dip recession. Figures published by Eurostat on Thursday (14 August) indicated ...

Italy slips back into recession, Germany rejects France growth appeal

07.08.14 @ 09:24

Italy has slipped back into recession putting pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to fulfil promises to see through major structural reform to boost growth. The Italian economy, the third largest in the eurozone, ...

Hollande: Germany should do more to boost growth

05.08.14 @ 09:25

French President Francois Hollande has said Germany should do more to support growth as his government struggles to bring its budget deficit to within the EU threshold. In an interview with Le Monde, published Monday (4 ...

Europe should never be 'tired' of peace

04.08.14 @ 19:37

EU leaders attending a commemoration of World War One on Monday (4 August) evoked the fragility of peace and importance of learning the lessons of a hundred years ago. Representatives from across Europe gathered in the ...

Poll: French most pessimistic about economic future

25.07.14 @ 16:57

Europeans are feeling a bit more positive about the EU than they were late last year but well over a third still feel "neutral" about it while a quarter feel outright negative about it. The Eurobarometer survey, ...

French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

22.07.14 @ 09:28

The French authorities have reportedly authorised a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday (23 July) after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent. Wednesday’s gathering is to be allowed ...

France and Germany in tussle over EU economics post

21.07.14 @ 09:22

Germany and France are locked in a tussle about who should be the next EU economic affairs commissioner, a decision that will send a key symbolic message about how euro rules will be implemented in the future. Paris ...

Air disaster puts spotlight on French warship for Russia

18.07.14 @ 19:30

France risks “international ridicule” if it delivers a warship to Russia despite the Malaysia Airlines disaster, but its intentions remain unchanged in the immediate aftermath. The ship, a “Mistral” assault vessel which ...

Sarkozy risks jail in corruption probe

02.07.14 @ 09:28

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy could face up to five years in prison and a €500,000 fine on allegations of corruption and influence peddling. The embattled centre-right politician was released from police ...

Post EU ElectionsFrench centre-right weighs up a Sarkozy return

26.06.14 @ 09:27

With a ruling Socialist party deserted by voters and a deeply unpopular president, the centre-right opposition (UMP) should be in a position to benefit. But that is far from the case. Already undermined by a leadership ...

Germany backs France on Russia warship contract

05.06.14 @ 09:48

Germany has defended France’s plan to deliver a warship to Russia in October despite US criticism of the move. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (4 June) in Brussels that interruption of delivery might only ...

AnalysisFrance falls victim to EU's economic powers

03.06.14 @ 09:39

Being singled out for censure by the European Commission is nothing new for the government of Francois Hollande. But the timing of the latest veiled threat from Brussels could hardly be worse. Ten days ago Marine Le Pen ...

EU warns France on budget efforts

02.06.14 @ 22:14

France must take further action to cut its budget deficit to the EU's 3 percent limit in its upcoming emergency budget law, the European Commission said Monday. The stark warning was contained in the commission's annual ...

Post EU ElectionsLe Pen's success leaves French political establishment in shock

28.05.14 @ 09:46

The scene had been carefully set in advance. Pinned on the wall behind Marine Le Pen on election night on Sunday, at the party's headquarters in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre, were posters with the words: "The ...

Post EU ElectionsLe Pen victory causes 'political earthquake' in France

25.05.14 @ 23:09

Marine Le Pen unleashed a political earthquake in France on Sunday night, after her National Front party topped the poll in the European elections. With the polls closed, exit polls indicated that Le Pen's National ...

Post EU ElectionsMerkel: Voters elect next commission chief 'in principle'

22.05.14 @ 21:47

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (22 May) made conciliatory gestures towards the European Parliament on the choice of the next commission president after Sunday's EU elections. In an interview with Passauer ...

Sarkozy wants to scrap EU border-free agreement

22.05.14 @ 09:29

Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy in an op-ed published in Le Point and Die Welt on Thursday (22 May) recommends putting an end to the border free Schengen agreement. The conservative politician says a ' ...

Post EU ElectionsCommission hopefuls largely unknown on streets of Europe

21.05.14 @ 09:33

In the EU capital of Brussels there has been much political kerfuffle around Spitzenkandidaten – the six politicians campaigning to be the next president of the European Commission. The run-up to this week's vote has ...

Post EU ElectionsBelgium, Spain, France field most senior MEPs in EU vote

19.05.14 @ 09:28

Is the European Parliament an important institution to which political heavyweights should be sent? Or is it a place for potential talent to learn the metier, away from their member state's capital? Opinions on the ...

Post EU ElectionsHollande warns voters not to fall for anti-EU rhetoric

12.05.14 @ 09:11

French President François Hollande intervened in the EU election campaign Friday (9 May) criticising anti-EU rhetoric as anachronistic and financially ruinous. In a piece for left-leaning daily Le Monde, Hollande ...

Post EU ElectionsDe-demonising the National Front: Is it for real?

01.05.14 @ 09:15

On 10 April French far-right leader Marine Le Pen participated in "Des Paroles et des Actes", one of the main TV debate shows in France. Facing her for the debate was MEP and leader of the centre-right UMP list for the ...

Post EU ElectionsEU elections may strengthen Putin in Europe

23.04.14 @ 09:29

Far-right parties are set to do well in next month’s elections to the European Parliament, a fact that has thrown a spotlight on their links with the Kremlin. A recent study by the Budapest-based Political Capital ...

OpinionHate speech, not Europe, tops agenda in French EU vote

14.04.14 @ 09:21

On 4 April, Marine Le Pen, the head of the Front National, France's far-right party, said that her party "will not accept any religious demands for school menus". Her comment came in the context of a growing scandal ...

Germany points to France's deficit commitments

07.04.14 @ 17:25

France's new finance minister Michel Sapin on his first trip to Berlin on Monday (7 April) gathered support for more reforms and budget cuts, but was referred to the European Commission on a deficit deadline ...

France appoints 'top cop' interior minister as PM

01.04.14 @ 09:29

France’s interior minister Manuel Valls was named Prime Minister on Monday (31 March) by centre-left president Francois Hollande. The 51-year old Valls replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault, who quit after the French socialist ...

French Socialists bruised in local elections

31.03.14 @ 09:20

France's ruling Socialists on Sunday (30 March) suffered a bruising defeat in local elections, with the centre-right claiming victory and the anti-EU National Front making further gains – a possible foreshadowing of the ...

AnalysisHungary's political left partly responsible for rise of its far-right

28.03.14 @ 09:26

The significant inroads made by Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front in the recent regional elections in France – especially in traditionally socialist strongholds – came as a surprise to many. But the far-right ...

Post EU ElectionsFar-left set for big gains in European Parliament elections

24.03.14 @ 11:44

Europe's far-left is set to almost double its deputies in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May. Poll predictions indicate that the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group is set to become the ...

Far-right gives Hollande a bloody nose in French voting

24.03.14 @ 09:22

Initial results in French regional elections show the growing popularity of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party. Exit polls indicate it got 7 percent of the vote nationwide, compared to 43 percent for ...

Post EU ElectionsFrench far-right politician endorses Crimea vote

21.03.14 @ 08:57

Aymeric Chauprade, head of the National Front’s list in Ile-de-France constituency, was an observer at the Crimea referendum on Sunday (16 March). Contrary to the official approach taken by the EU, he believes the ...

InterviewFrench socialists hope to capitalise on anti-EU sentiment

20.03.14 @ 09:30

Currently struggling in the polls – behind both the centre- and far-right – the French Socialist party is desperately seeking to boost its political fortunes. Having failed to capitalise on the crash of the financial ...

Italy and France on EU's economic 'watch list'

06.03.14 @ 11:15

Italy and France were the major euro area countries put on the European Commission's economic "watch-list" over fears about persistently high debt and deficit levels. The two countries were among 14 nations deemed to ...

Post EU ElectionsFrench socialists launch EP campaign

06.03.14 @ 09:29

The French Socialist Party launched its EU election campaign on Monday (3 March) with jobs and fighting tax evasion as key issues. The launch date was not chosen by chance: it was two days after the Party of European ...

Post EU ElectionsFrance's traditional parties nervous ahead of EU vote

04.03.14 @ 09:30

If any political party is looking forward to the EU election, it has to be the hard right, anti-EU National Front. Headed up by the media savvy Marine Le Pen, the National Front (FN) is riding high in the polls and ...

AgendaHollande and Merkel plan EU 'revival' this WEEK

17.02.14 @ 17:58

The French and German leaders will in Paris on Wednesday (19 February) discuss what France is calling “the revival of Europe.” French President Francois Hollande has announced that his meeting with German Chancellor ...

Anglo-French summit to agree on defence but not EU reform

31.01.14 @ 09:34

David Cameron and Francois Hollande are expected to agree a raft of measures on defence co-operation but draw a blank on EU reform when they meet on Friday (31 January) The UK and French leaders will meet for talks in ...

EUobservedRemorseless troikas

17.01.14 @ 09:27

“The parliament, the place where the heart of Europe beats:” Such mindless flattery never heralds a frank exchange. And so it was with Jean-Claude Trichet, the former ECB chief asked to appear before MEPs to give an ...

Hollande announces budget cuts, tax breaks

15.01.14 @ 09:29

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday (14 January) pledged to cut €50 billion in government spending over the next four years and give French firms tax breaks in order to jumpstart the eurozone's second-largest ...

EU countries provisionally agree African mission

10.01.14 @ 21:47

EU countries have provisionally agreed to send troops to Bangui airport to protect civilians and distribute aid. An EU source told EUobserver that member states' ambassadors on the Political and Security Committee " ...

EU states consider sending soldiers to central Africa

09.01.14 @ 09:28

EU states' ambassadors will on Friday (10 January) discuss proposals to send a joint military force to the Central African Republic (CAR). The EU's foreign service sent round an initial plan to embassies on Wednesday. ...

Will France squander its lead on European defence?

18.12.13 @ 18:33

For the first time in five years, EU leaders will this week discuss defence co-operation. And, this time round, the summit will have a distinctly Gallic flavour. With Britain’s future in the bloc unclear and its active ...

No 'giant leap' on EU defence at summit

18.12.13 @ 17:43

Britain and Germany are aiming to downgrade plans for deeper EU military co-operation. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (19 December) will discuss joint defence for the first time in five years. The talks come ...

EUobservedPlaying at a British EU exit

13.12.13 @ 09:21

Since the British Conservatives announced they want to hold an in/out EU referendum in 2017, it seems everyone else is giving more thought to what a Brexit could look like than the potential absconders themselves. So it ...