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Future EU 16-10-2017

Varoufakis tells Macron to adopt the ‘empty-chair’ tactic

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis supports Macron’s federalist proposals on the euro single currency but believes only a real threat could make Germany budge on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 13-10-2017

France and Germany seek to reform cohesion funds

Germany wants to tie cohesion funds to the recipient countries’ respect for the rule of law. Emmanuel Macron would like the countries to respect a minimum tax rate before disbursing aid to regions. Is it time to change the criteria for accessing cohesion funds? EURACTIV France reports.

04-10-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: VAT, the silent robbery member states do not want to see

Sometimes it’s dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket. People try not to: if you are a family you try to have more than one income, and many clients if you are a company. EU member states rely on VAT for more than half of their total revenues. It’s a great deal for the taxman: companies collect it for them; citizens pay it without grumbling.

Politics 27-09-2017

The Brief: What can Europe learn from Macron’s speech?

Two hours and 40 minutes. Macron’s speech on Europe was three times longer than Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union.

Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron sinks teeth into EU taboos in forward-looking speech

Treaty change, agricultural policy and debt: French President Emmanuel Macron attacked a number of previously untouchable EU taboos during a speech focused on reform, sharing ambitious proposals for Europe's future with university students. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 22-09-2017

Macron’s strategy to enlist Germany’s help on EU reform

France wants to test the new German government by announcing plans for EU reform 48 hours after the German elections. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 13-09-2017

On the eurozone, Juncker goes wide but not deep

In his speech on the State of the Union, Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on the extension of the eurozone, but not on its deepening. He fears the two-speed Europe defended by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 06-09-2017

Macron to deliver vision for EU democracy in Athens

President Emmanuel Macron will this week unveil his vision for European reform in Athens. On the menu is the eurozone, transnational lists for 50 MEPs and democratic conventions, whose results are expected ahead of the next EU elections. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 01-09-2017

Brussels welcomes French labour reforms as unions and left camp complain

Decried by the opposition and trade unions, the French labor reforms are praised by the European Commission and employers. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 30-08-2017

Brexit sparks europhilia among French business owners

Europe was the central theme at the launch of the summer summit by the Movement of Enterprises of France (Medef) on Tuesday (29 August). EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 29-08-2017

African and European leaders renew efforts to tackle migration

African and European leaders gathered in Paris on Monday (28 August) to broach the subject of migration, where support was expressed for moving the EU’s external border into Africa itself, so that asylum applications can be handled locally. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 24-08-2017

Macron calls for a ‘radical reform’ of Europe

The French and Austrian heads of state shared their views on EU workers from low-pay countries and on the future of the EU during a summit in Vienna. EURACTIV France reports.

EU Priorities 2020 23-08-2017

12 European heads of state in 10 days: Macron’s diplomatic tour de force

The French president will meet 12 European heads of state in the coming 10 days during seven meetings. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 18-08-2017

Commission rolls out migration action plan despite heavy criticism

The EU is pressing on with controversial plans to tackle the migration crisis in the face of mounting criticism from NGOs and UN experts. EURACTIV France reports.

The EU and Switzerland link their carbon markets

The world’s first carbon trading system has found a new partner in Switzerland. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 17-08-2017

Russian propaganda machine to launch French TV channel

Russian Television (RT) will start broadcasting from Paris in December, as the Kremlin steps up its information war. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 17-07-2017

French anger at CAP co-financing proposal

The European Commission’s suggestion that EU member states co-finance part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the biggest consumer of the bloc’s budget, has met with steady support in Germany and exasperation in France. EURACTIV France reports.

12-07-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – Softly trolling Trump

After three terrible meetings, NATO in Brussels, the G7 in Taormina and the G20 in Hamburg, the EU is fed up with the America's rude and stubborn president. So why has Emmanuel Macron invited Trump back?

Electricity 12-07-2017

French power sector and NGOs demand clearer climate roadmap

In response to France’s climate package, the electricity sector has called for higher carbon taxes, while NGOs have criticised the vagueness of the country’s plan to increase European ambition on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 07-07-2017

France raises its environmental game with ambitious new climate package

With plans to make France carbon neutral and phase out fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2040, Paris is showing new levels of ambition when it comes to the environment. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 07-07-2017

Diplomat: UK should not think EU ‘weak’ on drug agency relocation

EU member states are urged to put on a united front on the issue of relocating the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA), rather than bicker publicly and give the UK government reason to believe the bloc cannot cooperate properly, diplomats have told EURACTIV.com.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Jean-Yves Le Gall: ‘Mars is the pinnacle of exploration’

The European Space Agency has its sights set on the red planet. The only real barrier to a manned mission is the length of the journey, Jean-Yves Le Gall said in an interview with EURACTIV France.

03-07-2017

The Brief: Why being a French pharaoh is a good bet

For the second time in just a few weeks, the French pharaoh’s court today headed from Paris to Versailles.

Future EU 23-06-2017

Macron makes link between poor French economy and refugees

Emmanuel Macron said there was “no glory” in France's track record on refugees because it reflected the country's weak economy.