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Elections 13-10-2017

Macron seeks to disrupt European politics ahead of 2019 EU elections

Ahead of the 2019 EU elections, Macron’s Republique en Marche (REM) party is torn between creating a new political group or sitting with the centre. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 05-10-2017

French radical left attacks the European flag

Attacking the European flag is no longer a prerogative of the far-right, as Jean Luc Mélenchon’s party "France Insoumise" have a go at it. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 03-10-2017

Rajeev Kher: ‘A social business does not remain a social business forever’

Social businesses are supposed to address social and environmental issues. But when the social issue is resolved, the social business becomes a business like any other, according to Indian social entrepreneur Rajeev Kher.

Agrifood 29-09-2017

Monsanto lobbyists barred from European Parliament

Monsanto paid its refusal to appear before the European Parliament with its right to enter it, as MEPS have shut the door to their lobbyists until further notice. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron relaunches financial transaction tax project, including the UK

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to allocate all future earnings of a financial transaction tax to European solidarity. But with Brexit in mind, it may be too ambitious to relaunch the project with all 28 member states. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 22-09-2017

France to cut support for booming organic farming

Despite the growth of organic agriculture, France will suspend state support to organic farmers by 2018, in a decision that could weaken the sector, as shown by examples in the UK and the Netherlands. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 20-09-2017

Why is world hunger on the rise?

Hunger is on the rise for the first time in a decade, warns a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 18-09-2017

Juncker challenges unanimity on fiscal policy

To break the deadlock on fiscal issues caused by the EU's absolute majority requirements, Jean-Claude Juncker has resurrected a clause in the Lisbon Treaty that allows for a qualified majority instead. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 15-09-2017

The EU’s militarisation of development aid

The European Commission and a large part of the European Parliament back the use of development aid for security purposes. But some call this a diversion that will come at the expense of the poorest beneficiaries. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 14-09-2017

Report: Nuclear power on the decline

Nuclear power seems on its way out, as construction of only one new nuclear reactor was undertaken in 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Report 2017. EURACTIV France reports.

Africa 13-09-2017

Juncker criticises lack of solidarity with Africa

In his State of the Union speech, Commission President Juncker reminded member states to contribute to the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 12-09-2017

Slight rise in France’s contribution to development aid

After years of financial scarcity, France increased its development aid budget for the second consecutive year. However, uncertainties persist over its aid trajectory over the next five years. EURACTIV France reports.

CETA 08-09-2017

Europe braces for CETA, attacks its legality in top EU court

Two weeks before the EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force, France evaluates its environmental and health impacts and Belgium challenges the agreement in the European Court of Justice. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 08-09-2017

Development efforts are frustrated by tax evasion

Each year, tax evasion causes developing countries to lose more than the total amount of aid they receive. EURACTIV France reports.

Economic governance 30-08-2017

French businessmen worried about Brexit

The impact of Brexit concerns French businesses, who fear that this stumbling block to the European project will halt the EU's economic recovery. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 26-07-2017

Macron announces U-turn on development budget

After announcing budget cuts at the beginning of July, President Emmanuel Macron has reaffirmed his commitment to increase France’s official development assistance budget to 0.55% of gross national income (GNI) by 2022. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 20-07-2017

Member states fail to back Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

The Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has stalled. The situation is frustrating the European Parliament and Commission, which have demanded that EU member states respect their commitments. EURACTIV France reports.

CETA 19-07-2017

Looming CETA application undermines Macron’s campaign promise

The provisional entry into force of the EU’s free trade agreement with Canada on 21 September leaves little time for the evaluation committee established by France’s new president to deliver its verdict on the deal. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 11-07-2017

French backtracking on FTT undermines development commitments

France’s development aid objectives appear to be compromised by a reduction in the base of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which funds more than 20% of the country’s international solidarity effort. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 07-07-2017

Rodrigues: ‘This European Parliament can’t be led by a right-wing majority’

The European Parliament on Wednesday (5 July) failed to agree a common position on the Commission Work Programme for 2018. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Maria João Rodrigues welcomed this as a sign that the conservative domination of the legislature is coming to an end.

Future EU 06-07-2017

France continues to block debate on Strasbourg seat

The movement to establish a single European Parliament seat in Brussels has the wind in its sails. But France is resolutely blocking any serious debate on the closure of the institution’s Strasbourg premises. EURACTIV France reports.

Circular economy 05-07-2017

Parliament calls for legislation against Europe’s throwaway society

MEPs agreed on Tuesday (4 July) that manufacturers of electronic appliances should be encouraged to boost the useful life-span of their products by offering affordable spare parts and repair services. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

MEPs pass new rules to tackle multinationals’ tax avoidance

The European Parliament on Tuesday (4 July) voted to oblige multinationals to publish details of their activities on a country-by-country basis, even outside the EU. The measure is designed to help the poorest countries fight tax evasion. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Leaders gear up for global steel trade war ahead of G20

Donald Trump could block steel imports for reasons of national security. Europe, already in conflict with China over dumping in the sector, will attempt to mobilise opposition to this move. EURACTIV France reports.