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31/07/2016

Commission prolongs glyphosate licence by 18 months

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French right calls for detention without trial for potential terrorists

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, the French right has called for a hardening of the country’s anti-terror laws, including authorising detention without trial, a measure the government argues is anti-constitutional. EurActiv France reports.
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Agriculture & Food 27-07-2016

Crisis-hit French farmers unconvinced by new CAP

SPECIAL REPORT / French milk, pork and beef farmers are currently facing severe crises, and they fear that the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will not have the answers they need. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Hollande embarks on tour to push for European 'army'

French President François Hollande visited Portugal on Tuesday (19 July) and will stop over in Ireland on Thursday (21 July) in an attempt to reinforce the foundations of the EU, including fostering increased defence cooperation, following the terrorist attack in Nice last week. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

World Bank: Libya and Jordan 'have got into serious debt’ to host refugees

Four million people have fled the violence in Syria seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Refugees now make up 20% of the population in Jordan and 30% in Lebanon, as national debts have climbed to unsustainable levels.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Oxfam: World's richest countries host just 9% of all refugees

The six biggest economies in the world currently host only 2.1 million refugees between them, while the poorest countries are forced to bear most of the burden, according to a new report by Oxfam. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Erdogan hopes to bring back the death penalty after coup attempt

Following Friday's failed military coup (15 July), the Turkish government has been consolidating its grip on the country, particularly the army and the judiciary, and has even aired plans to reintroduce the death penalty. EurActiv France reports.
Energy 18-07-2016

Multi-billion EU carbon market fraud operated from Poland

The founder of Poland's biggest carbon quota brokerage firm, whose name appeared in connection with the Panama Papers, has been found guilty of VAT fraud and sentenced to jail in France. Warsaw denies wrongdoing, calling the multi-billion fraud an "unfortunate incident". EurActiv France reports.

Brussels prepares to overrule Eastern Europe on posted workers directive

The European Commission plans to reject 11 ‘yellow cards’ from the EU’s eastern member states on the new Posted Workers Directive. The debate has exposed a deep East-West divide. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 13-07-2016

Macron positions himself as France’s europhile presidential candidate

Emmanuel Macron's En Marche movement is gaining momentum, but he has yet to officially launch his 2017 presidential campaign. The minister is the only potential presidential candidate to put Europe at the heart of his message. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

UK's King could be a Commissioner ‘without portfolio’

The British ambassador to France, Sir Julian King, will take over as the UK's European Commissioner after the resignation of Jonathan Hill. It is not yet known which, if any, portfolio the diplomat will be given. EurActiv France reports.

France aims to set carbon price of at least €50 by 2030

France has confirmed it will introduce a floor price for carbon emissions from coal power stations, which will increase from around €20 in 2020 to €50 in 2030. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Euro & Finance 12-07-2016

Civil servants join call to cut Barroso's EU pension after Goldman Sachs hire

The main trade union of EU civil servants has added its voice to the chorus of politicians demanding that the European Commission take an "appropriate decision" on José Manuel Barroso's new position at Goldman Sachs. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 11-07-2016

Virginie Rozière: 'We need whistleblowers'

The conviction of the three whistleblowers that broke the LuxLeaks scandal should serve as a trigger for the EU to establish a European system of whistleblower protection, Virginie Rozière told EurActiv France.
Euro & Finance 08-07-2016

Paris pulls out all the stops in effort to poach London's financial sector

The French government is bending over backwards with promises of tax cuts, in order to present Paris and the eurozone as a safe haven from the uncertainty of Brexit, and the risk of economic depression in the United Kingdom. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 07-07-2016

What should happen to British MEPs?

The uncertainty created by the Brexit referendum has left members of the European Parliament deeply divided over the future role their British colleagues should play. But most agree that Nigel Farage should go. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 06-07-2016

Parliament asks for EU budget hike, renews call for 'own resources'

The European Parliament will call for an increase to the EU budget today (6 July), for 2014-2020. With the refugee crisis, faltering investment and high youth unemployment, they have no shortage of convincing arguments. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 06-07-2016

Member states claw back control over CETA

National parliaments will have their say over the trade deal struck between the EU and Canada, the Commission announced yesterday (5 July). This victory for Paris and Berlin greatly decreases the chance of the deal being ratified. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 06-07-2016

Sir Julian King: 'We now support the evolution of the eurozone, without trying to hold it back'

The man tipped to become Britain's next EU Commissioner in Brussels, replacing Johnathan Hill, spoke to EurActiv.fr in an exclusive interview before the UK's referendum on EU membership. This is a translated version of the interview, originally given in French.
UK & Europe 01-07-2016

Harlem Désir: 'All those calling for a referendum want to destroy the EU'

For Harlem Désir, the populist clamour for referendums is a threat to the European project. He said the future of the English language in the EU must be discussed, but insisted France would only gain influence by driving Europe forward.
Trade & Society 01-07-2016

CETA and TTIP threaten the EU's precautionary principle

The precautionary principle may be scrapped in the EU's free trade agreements with Canada and the United States. According to the NGO Foodwatch, this could call into question the bloc's bans on hormone-treated beef and GMOs. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Madagascar: Africa’s last polio battlefront

Madagascar was officially declared polio-free in 2005, but low rates of vaccination and poor sanitation have allowed the virus to make a come-back in recent years. EurActiv France reports from Madagascar.
UK & Europe 29-06-2016

Brexit's long shadow falls on French presidential campaign

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU has catapulted the question of EU membership to the forefront of France’s 2017 presidential election campaign, with the right and extreme right leading calls for a referendum. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 29-06-2016

France seeks to capitalise on Brexit to gain influence in Brussels

The idea of dropping English as an official language of the EU is tempting many in Brussels. French politicians sense an opportunity to gain some much-needed credibility. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 29-06-2016

Commission prolongs glyphosate licence by 18 months

The European Commission has decided to extend the licence for glyphosate by 18 months, after member states failed to achieve a qualified majority in favour or against the executive’s proposal.