Leftwing outsider Benoît Hamon will fight former prime minister Manuel Valls for the French Socialist presidential nomination next Sunday (29 January) after winning the first round of the party's primary.
François Hollande does not want to chair the European Council when he steps down as French president in May, aides said yesterday (19 January), denying a report that he hoped to succeed Donald Tusk in overseeing negotiations on Britain's exit from the EU.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call yesterday (18 January), a Kremlin statement said.
Former prime minister Manuel Valls promised to avoid draconian public spending cuts in a pitch for traditional leftwing voters as he laid out his bid on Tuesday (3 January) to become the ruling Socialist Party's candidate in France's presidential election.
Greece snubbed its international lenders and legislated plans yesterday (15 December) to give pensioners a one-off Christmas bonus despite misgivings from creditors in a standoff over the country's third bailout.
EU heads of state and government agreed tonight (15 December) to roll over sanctions against Russia over its actions in the Ukraine for a further six months, ticking off one element of an otherwise problematic and late-running summit.
The two leaders wielding the most influence over the outcome of today’s European Council aren’t even from the EU. The spectre of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump loomed large over the summit in Brussels.
Thursday’s summit of EU leaders (15 December) will be a “minefield”, senior EU officials warned on Wednesday (14 December), citing a list of “sensitive, explosive stuff” that could blow up in their faces.
The European Parliament grand coalition between the right-wing European People’s Party (EPP) and the Socialist and Democrats (S&D group) is over and cannot be re-established, said its chief, Gianni Pittella, today (13 December) during a news conference in Strasbourg.
Vincent Peillon, an MEP and France's former education minister, will declare his candidacy for the 2017 presidential election this weekend. The surge of new candidates on the left is showing no sign of drying up. EurActiv France reports.
François Hollande marked European politics with his interventions in the Greek crisis, the Ukraine conflict, and international military operations. But he was unable to drive progress on the EU's core projects. EurActiv France reports.
France's former Minister for the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve has taken over from Manuel Valls as head of the government, which he will lead for the last five months of François Hollande’s mandate. EurActiv’s partner Ouest-France reports.
When two journalists published the book 'A President Shouldn't Say That' which quotes François Hollande disparaging judges, insulting footballers and revealing state secrets, Prime Minister Manuel Valls could not hide his "shame" and "anger".
Austrian voters have resoundingly rejected anti-immigration and eurosceptic Norbert Hofer's bid to become the European Union's first far-right president, a result greeted with relief from centrist politicians across the continent.
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.
Despite Britain’s referendum on the EU being called by a man, and both the Leave campaign and the Remain campaign being led by men, women now hold most of the cards when it comes to negotiating Brexit, a panel of experts for EurActiv.com has concluded.
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.