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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.