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Trade & Society 12-02-2016

France and EU trade policy – no longer the ‘non’ sayer

The persistent economic slump and a notable weakening of traditional French corporatism in the country under the onslaught of the digital revolution and the long-term effect of (limited but real) reforms in its various services sectors mean the discourse on trade in France is - finally - becoming more interesting, argues Iana Dreyer.
Development Policy 12-02-2016

France attempts to overthrow Germany as top exporter of aid expertise

France's young international technical expertise agency has big ambitions, but in this sector dominated by Germany, European cooperation is a dirty word. EurActiv France reports
Elections 12-02-2016

Varoufakis’ new movement must answer tough questions, or fail

Yanis Varoufakis' call for “authentic democracy” in Europe bears potential contradictions. His new pan-European movement has to answer difficult questions if they want to be heard, writes Jasper Finkeldey.
Euro & Finance 12-02-2016

Suspicious bank notes lead to Luxembourg

One third of all cash in circulation in the eurozone is now in the form of €500 notes. Suspicions have been raised over Luxembourg, which prints double its GDP in banknotes each year. EurActiv France reports
Elections 12-02-2016

Hollande reshuffles cabinet, names Ayrault as foreign minister

French President François Hollande reshuffled his cabinet yesterday (11 February), naming Jean-Marc Ayrault foreign minister and adding several ecologists to government as he seeks to widen his political base ahead of a presidential poll in 2017.

Juncker reveals his secret weapon

In his traditionally humorous style, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told an audience in Brussels on Thursday (11 February) about his competitive edge over French and German leaders.
Sustainable Dev. 11-02-2016

French energy transition falls back on Juncker Plan for funding

A lack of national funding has held back the French energy transition. But the Juncker Plan has stepped in to plug the investment gap, according to the French General Commissioner for Investment. EurActiv France reports
Europe's East 11-02-2016

In Ukraine's conflict, rumours of compromise grow

The United States and Russia may be moving closer to an understanding on the conflict in Ukraine, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Agriculture & Food 11-02-2016

GMOs and pesticides could be tolerated in organic food under new EU rules

MEPs have voted not to strip organic agricultural products of their certification if they are contaminated with GMOs or pesticides, as the majority of cases of contamination are accidental. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports
Euro & Finance 11-02-2016

Merkel and Hollande devise a plan for the future of the eurozone

The two leaders are expected to unveil a joint proposal on the future of the eurozone by the end of 2016, once they have set aside their own differences over how to pursue integration. EurActiv France reports
Central Europe 11-02-2016

EU warns UK deal ‘fragile’ as Paris, East seek changes

A draft accord to help keep Britain in the European Union is "very fragile", a top EU official warned yesterday (10 February) as France and eastern states pushed for changes before leaders meet to try and seal the deal next week.
UK & Europe 10-02-2016

City of London’s relations with eurozone confounding Brexit talks

Draft European Council conclusions suggest that the relationship between eurozone countries and the City of London remains a sticking point in negotiations on a series of reforms to keep the United Kingdom in the EU.

France, Germany press Brussels on terror funding crackdown

France and Germany pressed the European Union yesterday (9 February) to speed up plans designed to crack down on the funding of terrorist groups.
Global Europe 10-02-2016

Trump raps Merkel, says Putin is ‘brilliant’

US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was wrong to let in thousands of migrants into Germany and that the refugee crisis could trigger revolutions and even the end of Europe.
Central Europe 10-02-2016

EU’s founding members seek ‘more Europe’, even if it is smaller

The six founding members of the European Union yesterday (9 February) reiterated their commitment to "ever closer union", even it means leaving less enthusiastic partners like Britain behind.
Agriculture & Food 10-02-2016

Paris ups anti-Brussels rhetoric over farming row

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls challenged Europe over the agricultural crisis on Monday (8 February), as farmers stepped up their protests against low meat prices. EurActiv France reports.

Hubert Védrine: ‘Brexit would be a catastrophe’

Brexit, the refugee crisis, the death of Schengen: Hubert Védrine offered his take on Europe's ills to EurActiv Romania.
Central Europe 09-02-2016

In-work benefits emerge as main stumbling block ahead of Brexit summit

Most of the Union’s members have reservations with regard to the possible limitations of in-work benefits for EU workers in the UK, contained in the proposals from Brussels to address David Cameron’s demands ahead of the Brexit referendum. The EurActiv network reports.

Downing Street warns Brexit means more migrants

A British EU exit could mean thousands of migrants landing on Britain's shores "overnight", the government said yesterday (8 February), stepping up the rhetoric in the campaign ahead of a referendum on membership.
Transport 09-02-2016

Hydrogen provides low-carbon energy solutions

The use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, a more recent development than its industrial use, has its place in the low-carbon economy of the future, in both buildings and transport. But the technology is still poorly understood in France. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Digital 09-02-2016

French watchdog orders Facebook to stop illegal data transfers to the US

The French data protection authority on Monday (8 February) gave Facebook three months to stop tracking non-users' web activity without their consent and ordered the social network to stop transferring personal data to the United States.

Better management could increase the climate benefits of European forests

Europe's forest coverage has increased by 10% since 1750, but forest management methods have changed dramatically. According to a study published in the journal Science, this has led to a slight increase in global temperatures. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Italy continues to drag feet on same-sex civil unions

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights criticised Italy for its continuing stance on same-sex relationships and cast doubt on new legislation currently being considered by Rome’s lawmakers. EurActiv Italy reports.
Transport 08-02-2016

Greens accuse France of double standards on diesel emissions

French Green MEPs have called on Ségolène Royal to challenge the EU’s new diesel emissions limits, but the ecology minister supported the lower standards when they were adopted in October. EurActiv France reports.