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05/12/2016

Fillon calls Hollande’s hardline policy on Russia ‘absurd’

Location: France


Agriculture & Food 02-12-2016

Denmark cuts food waste by 25%

The Scandinavian kingdom has cut food waste by 25% in just five years, thanks to a new approach to damaged and out-of-date food. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Enlargement 02-12-2016

Dutch join push for EU-Turkey accession talks freeze

The Dutch government has lent its weight to calls for the EU to freeze Turkey's membership talks, diplomats said yesterday (1 December), raising the prospect of European leaders making such a move at a summit in two weeks.
Global Europe 02-12-2016

Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump

President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address yesterday (1 December), saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies.
Elections 02-12-2016

Hollande will not stand for re-election, acknowledges unpopularity

President François Hollande shocked France yesterday (1 December) by announcing he would not seek a second term next year, acknowledging his deep unpopularity and making way for another leftist candidate to take on conservative François Fillon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Parliament bids to reconcile East and West over posted workers

The European Parliament is attempting to bridge the divide between East and West on the question of posted workers. In France, non-francophones are already excluded from some construction sites by the "Molière clause". EurActiv France reports.

Eurozone unemployment falls below 10%

Unemployment in the eurozone has fallen below the symbolic mark of 10% for the first time since April 2011, EU data showed on Thursday (1 December).

Rights groups expose flaws in EU counterterrorism directive

The European institutions reached an agreement yesterday (30 November) on a directive that is aimed at better equipping the EU with instruments to counter terrorism. But civil rights groups warned that it risks undermining fundamental freedoms.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

In an exclusive interview, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EurActiv’s partner Ouest France that Europe urgently needs to improve its defence cooperation and better defend its economic interests.
Global Europe 30-11-2016

EU leaders' absence from Castro funeral to define future relations?

The turnout at the state funeral of Fidel Castro could perhaps symbolise the state of Cuba's international relations, as European leaders have mostly decided to stay away. EurActiv Spain reports.
Security 30-11-2016

European Defence Union: The return of 'hard power'

The EU is stepping up its efforts on common defence policy and a "coalition of the willing" could quickly deploy EU troops and promote common defence projects. EurActiv Germany reports.

Dutch MPs approve partial ban on burka

Dutch MPs yesterday (29 November) voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burka from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country.
Development Policy 30-11-2016

Tunisia wins billion-dollar pledges for ailing economy

Tunisia won pledges of billions of dollars in support on Tuesday (29 November) at an investment conference aimed at reviving the country's economy following its Arab Spring revolution.
Europe's East 30-11-2016

Ukraine peace talks end without agreement

Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough yesterday (29 November), with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that "lip service" statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace.
Global Europe 30-11-2016

After Trump and Brexit, EU to launch defence research plan

The European Union will unveil its biggest defence research plan in more than a decade on Wednesday (30 November) to reverse billions of euros in cuts and send a message to US President-elect Donald Trump that Europe wants to pay for its own security.
Elections 29-11-2016

What you need to know about the French left primary

The right has chosen François Fillon, now it is up to the left to choose its candidate for the 2017 presidential election. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
29-11-2016

Russia rejoices as France turns towards Moscow

Russia's conservative media has celebrated the victory of François Fillon in the French Republican Party's presidential primary. They believe he is their best hope for ending the EU's sanctions on Moscow. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 29-11-2016

Fillon: French Sovereignty and European integration?

The centre-right candidate for next year's French presidential election presents himself as a defender of French sovereignty who wants to limit the powers of the European Commission. But he also supports further European integration in some areas. EurActiv France reports.

EU stalls pledge to carry out independent checks on car emissions

Plans for independent checks of how much pollution new cars emit are being killed off by EU member states, according to leaked documents seen by EurActiv's partner The Guardian.
Agriculture & Food 28-11-2016

Neonicotinoids face total EU ban

After the two-year moratorium on three types of neonicotinoid pesticides, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this month issued an unfavourable opinion on two of the chemicals, for uses that are still authorised. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Elections 28-11-2016

Can conservative Fillon keep France's far-right at bay?

Francois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicains party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West.
Digital 28-11-2016

Uber gains key support ahead of EU Court hearing

A majority of EU governments are expected tomorrow (29 November) to back – at least partly – the ride-hailing firm’s claim of being a digital platform, opening the way for a lighter regulatory oversight of the American-based company than if it was considered like a normal transport firm.
Elections 28-11-2016

Right-wing Fillon wins French presidential primary

François Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state, on Sunday  (27 November) clinched the rightwing nomination for next year's presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival Alain Juppé.
Global Europe 25-11-2016

MEPs draw map of pro- and anti-Russian countries in the EU

A European Parliament vote on a resolution seen as extremely critical of Russia has allowed the painting of a very precise picture of which countries have the most pro- and anti- Russian MEPs. The Vote Watch website allows us to see exactly how each MEP voted and who the “rebels” are.
Global Europe 25-11-2016

Fillon calls Hollande’s hardline policy on Russia ‘absurd’

In a televised debate last night (24 November) French conservative frontrunner François Fillon said Russia must be anchored to Europe, or else Moscow would couple with China, to the detriment of the continent.