27th Feb 2024


Macron raises minimum wage to please 'Yellow Vest' protesters

French president Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday a €100 per month increase in the minimum wage from 2019 and cancelled an increase in social contributions for pensioners earning less than €2,000 monthly, in a major concession to the so-called 'Yellow Vest' protests. "The effort we asked for was too big and was not fair," Macron admitted in a 13-minute TV address from the Elysee Palace.

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For Ukraine's sake, pass the EU due diligence directive

The EU Commission's 2022 CSDDD proposal did not include provisions incorporating "conflict due diligence", they were added, after the Russian invasion, by the European Parliament and Council into the final directive text — for Ukraine's sake, vote for it.

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