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Sarkozy and Europe: Separating the half-truths from the lies

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Euro & Finance 21-10-2016

France strengthens financial transaction tax to fund development

France will increase its Financial Transaction Tax in an attempt to halt the decline of its official development assistance budget, which has been cut each year since 2012. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

EU aid principles will be a ‘thing of the past’ under new African migrant deal

Extending the Turkish "cash for migrants" scheme to five African countries will mark a turning point for European aid policy, which has previously been dependent on the principles of democracy and human rights. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Montaigne Institute warns the EU against abandoning TTIP

The liberal French think tank has told the EU it stands to lose more than just trade access if it fails to conclude TTIP, saying Europe's place in the new geopolitical order is at stake. EurActiv France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 20-10-2016

Macron promises to lead the 'fight' for Europe

Emmanuel Macron, the "non-candidate" for the French presidential election, presented his vision for the European Union at the Brussels Days event in the EU capital on Wednesday (19 October). EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 19-10-2016

Brexit will dominate Council summit behind the scenes

With London and Brussels going head to head over Brexit, the EU's leaders are eagerly awaiting Theresa May's first European Council summit this week. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 19-10-2016

French MP: Banking lobby's 'long reach' undermines Financial Transaction Tax

Paris hopes to capitalise on Brexit to take over from London as the EU’s major financial hub. But this ambition could undermine France's promise to broaden the Financial Transaction Tax, Eva Sas told EurActiv France.
Development Policy 18-10-2016

French auditors launch assault on 'Solidarity Tax' for world aid

France's Solidarity Tax on air travel is a major source of funding for health programmes in the world's poorest countries. But Paris auditors have said it unfairly penalises Air France. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

Barnier: 'If we do not stick together, we are doomed'

Michel Barnier, Jean-Claude Juncker's special advisor on European defence, on Friday (15 October) called for the EU to establish a €3-4 billion defence budget. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

European Parliament demands EU budget reform

In a bid to increase the European Union's budget, MEPs will demand changes to the multiannual financial framework (MFF) in return for supporting the 2017 budget. EurActiv France reports.

EU ministers plan funding cuts for youth employment scheme, despite its success

European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen defended the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) at a meeting of European social affairs ministers on Thursday (13 October), hoping to encourage member states to unblock a €2 billion budget. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 13-10-2016

'Strange' manoeuvering over CETA exposes democratic deficit

French lawmakers are continuing their battle against the EU's free trade deal with Canada (CETA). The arrest of Green MEP José Bové by the Canadian authorities yesterday (12 October) has only deepened concerns over the deal. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 13-10-2016

GMO experts: 'It's an emotional debate, but not an irrational one'

The High Council of Biotechnology (HCB) held a conference on the implementation of the EU's GMO rules. HCB President Christine Noiville and Frans Brom, a member of the Dutch government’s scientific council, answered EurActiv France’s questions on the subject.

COP22: EU climate financing still only theoretical

Less than a month before the start of the COP22 climate summit in Marrakech, EU finance ministers have pledged more funding to tackle global warming. But the exact terms of this promise are yet to be defined. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 11-10-2016

Luxembourg's PM refuses to see European values 'erased with tipp-ex'

A lack of community spirit on the part of Europe's leaders has stalled the European project, according to Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. He called on the EU to take a hard stance against the UK. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 11-10-2016

New African economic partnership enters into force, critics still unconvinced

An economic partnership agreement between the EU, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa and Lesotho entered into force yesterday (10 October), but its impact on the region's development remains controversial. EurActiv France reports.

European Parliament expresses concern over media pluralism in France

Media freedom and pluralism in several EU countries is degrading, according to a European Parliament report, which focussed on France and six other countries. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

French MPs decide not to block CETA

The French parliament’s European affairs committee has rejected a resolution calling on France to block the ratification of CETA, just days before Prime Minister Manuel Valls is due to visit Canada. EurActiv France reports.
Public Affairs 06-10-2016

Parliament calls for tougher action to stop Commission’s revolving doors

EU lawmakers have demanded the European executive strengthen its code of conduct for Commissioners, following the repeated revolving door scandals involving former members of the Barroso Commission. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 05-10-2016

Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to ‘bring European democracy to life’

Though not yet an official candidate for the French presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron this week (4 October) presented plans for sweeping changes to the French – and European – system of representative democracy. EurActiv France reports.
Europe's East 05-10-2016

Kyiv keen to demonstrate European values at Babi Yar commemoration

Donald Tusk spoke at the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Babi Yar massacre in Ukraine last week (29 September). Kyiv's intentions at the ceremony were clear: to strengthen ties with the West and draw parallels between today’s Russia and Nazi Germany. EurActiv France reports.

MEPs vote to ratify Paris Agreement

The European Parliament today (4 October) voted to ratify the Paris Agreement, ensuring it will come into force before this year’s COP 22 in Marrakesh. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 04-10-2016

MEPs question member states' commitment to development

The revision of the European Consensus on Development has once again thrown the spotlight on the failure of EU countries to allocate 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to international solidarity. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 04-10-2016

Stephen Clarke: 'Brexit validated British society's deep-seated prejudices'

100 days after the Brexit referendum, British writer Stephen Clarke spoke to EurActiv France about the campaign’s lies, the British press and France’s “opportunistic” political class.
Trade & Society 03-10-2016

Sarkozy and Europe: Separating the half-truths from the lies

EurActiv has analysed the positions of French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy on the major European issues and found that his rhetoric is dominated by falsehoods and contradictions. EurActiv France reports.