Most of the candidates for Sunday’s (23 April) presidential election in France have made inadequate commitments on development aid. Just five of the 11 presidential hopefuls say they would boost spending to meet the OECD target of 0.7% of GNI. EURACTIV France reports.
Italy's wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, controlled by the right-wing Northern League, will hold referendums in October to try to obtain greater autonomy from the central government, Lombardy's president said yesterday (20 April).
Young people are losing their trust in politics. While they tend to be overwhelmingly pro-European, many are seduced by the discourse of the extreme right or left of French politics. EURACTIV France reports.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and several Commissioners will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday (27 April) as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that could close a university he funds, and of legislation targeting foreign-funded NGOs.
Security concerns took centre stage in the final days of France's tight presidential race, as candidates defended their stance on the fight against terror, following a shooting in Paris that killed one policeman.