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Cameron’s lose-lose strategy

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Global Europe 26-04-2016

Obama says Putin undermines EU unity

US President Barack Obama said yesterday (25 April) that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.

Merkel sees drop of refugees as an 'opportunity'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday (21 April) that fewer asylum seekers were now reaching European shores, giving EU nations a chance to shore up plans to protect the continent's outer borders.
Euro & Finance 22-04-2016

German MEP: ‘Governments blame ECB to cover own political failures’

The European Central Bank's (ECB) controversial policy of ultra-low interest rates continues to draw criticism and German politicians in particular have demanded its president, Mario Draghi, bring them to an end. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 11-04-2016

France confronts Germany on defence

For the French, building a European military force around France and Germany is the necessary precondition for any solution to Europe’s growing challenges. But this goes counter to Germany’s fundamental sense of self, and its interests, writes George Friedman.
Euro & Finance 11-04-2016

Brussels criticises inefficient French public spending

Increasing economic competitiveness should still be France’s top priority, according to Jyrki Katainen. The Commissioner has called for new reforms before the end of President François Hollande’s mandate. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 07-04-2016

France and Germany dither over the eurozone’s future

France and Germany hope to present a common position on the closer integration of the eurozone by the end of the year. But ahead of today’s (7 April) French-German Council, little progress has been made. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 06-04-2016

Pope set to visit refugees in Greece as deportations stall

Pope Francis will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos on the frontline of Europe's refugee crisis next week, Athens announced yesterday (5 April), as a controversial EU accord to send migrants back to Turkey stalled.
Development Policy 30-03-2016

Future of French development aid agency in doubt

Last summer, Paris planned to merge the French Development Agency with the public financing group Caisse des Dépôts. But the French executive has changed its mind. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 29-03-2016

Brazzaville partly shut to protest Sassou-Nguesso's re-election

Opposition strongholds in Brazzaville were closed on Tuesday (29 March) following a strike call over the re-election of Congo's veteran ruler Denis Sassou Nguesso in polls his rivals say were marred by "massive fraud".
Global Europe 23-03-2016

Huge manhunt underway after ISIS kills 35 in Brussels bombings

Belgium pressed a huge manhunt today (23 March) after Islamic State bombers attacked Brussels airport and a metro train, killing around 35 people and wounding hundreds as jihadists once again struck at the heart of Europe.
Global Europe 22-03-2016

Europe vows to defend democracy on 'black day'

European governments vowed today (22 March) to defend democracy against terrorism after blasts at Brussels airport and in the EU's institutional heart left at least 26 dead and dozens injured.

Paris attacks fugitive arrested after gunfight in Brussels

The most-wanted fugitive from November's Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was wounded and caught in a shootout in Brussels on Friday (18 March), according to the Belgian minister for asylum and immigration. Local media reported two people had been arrested, after one of Europe's longest and biggest manhunts. Television footage showed masked, black-clad security forces guarding a street in the capital and …

Global Europe 18-03-2016

EU agrees 'joint position' to put to Turkey on Friday

EU leaders agreed in the early hours of Friday morning on a “common position” to put to Turkey on a controversial asylum seeker for returned migrant swap deal, but with enough disagreement among the 28 leaders to prevent publication of an agreed text.

Climate deal relegated to ‘other items’ in Council agenda

The economy and the climate will be pushed to the margins of this week’s European Council summit (17-18 March), where discussions will once again be dominated by the migration crisis. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 14-03-2016

Hollande: The European left will make no concessions to Turkey

At a meeting of Europe's centre-left leaders on Saturday (12 March), François Hollande called for more effective controls on the EU's external borders in order to protect the freedom of movement within the bloc. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 14-03-2016

Dozens killed in Ankara suicide attack

A suicide car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara yesterday (13 March), killing at least 34 people and wounding 125, officials said, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks to hit Turkey.

Tsipras and Corbyn to rub shoulders with center-left leaders in Paris

François Hollande's long-awaited meeting of the European left will take place in Paris tomorrow (Saturday 12 March), as the EU's socialist leaders struggle to convert promises into economic results and jobs. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 10-03-2016

Philippe Lamberts: Europe's governments have shown 'unconscionable cowardice' over migration crisis

If the French government had supported its German partners on the issue of refugees, the European response to the crisis would not have been a failure, according to Philippe Lamberts.
Global Europe 08-03-2016

French Socialists say Congo election must be deferred after intimidation

France's ruling party has called for a postponement of the 20 March elections in Congo, saying long-time leader Denis Sassou Nguessou was intimidating opponents and stifling democracy.
Agriculture & Food 02-03-2016

Hollande flounders, as Valls emerges as likely successor

It seems increasingly unlikely that François Hollande will have another shot at the French presidency; faced with dissent in his own ranks over proposed employment reforms and struggling in the polls, the incumbent has few options open. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Agriculture & Food 27-02-2016

Scuffle at Paris farm show signals tense EU talks ahead

French President François Hollande was met with jeers from angry farmers at the start of the annual Paris agricultural show on Saturday (27 February), pushing the issue on the agenda of an EU leaders meeting next week.
Elections 24-02-2016

Hollande in favour of expelling member states with right-wing governments

French President François Hollande has spoken about the possibility of member states being expelled from the European Union if right-wing governments come to power. Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten reports.
Development Policy 23-02-2016

Mercosur makes EU free trade offer before French visit

South American bloc Mercosur is offering to open up 93% of its trade to competition from the European Union to seal a long-sought free-trade deal, Uruguay's president said yesterday (22 February).
Future EU 18-02-2016

Cameron's lose-lose strategy

This will go down in history as the losers’ European Council. David Cameron has fashioned a lose-lose  game plan in which both the UK and the EU will emerge weaker from his plebiscite politics, writes Denis MacShane.