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28/09/2016

Southern EU countries in push for anti-austerity alliance

People: François Hollande


Euro & Finance 21-09-2016

French right plans to deepen the deficit in 2017

During François Hollande's five years as president, France has tightened its belt and brought its budget deficit down to within EU limits, Michel Sapin said on Tuesday (20 September). But the opposition appears ready to abandon austerity. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 19-09-2016

Austria left disappointed by Bratislava

The 27 member states that attended the Bratislava summit all had different priorities. Austria seems to have left Slovakia without any real movement on any of theirs, as little has changed regarding Turkey’s membership bid and CETA. EurActiv Germany reports. One of the most interesting aspects of the summit was the changing political axes at …

Global Europe 19-09-2016

France leading the campaign for EU military HQ

France and Germany both support the idea of creating a European military headquarters, but Paris has the most to gain from the project. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 19-09-2016

Frustrated Renzi attacks EU and Merkel after 'boat trip' Bratislava summit

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped up his attacks against other European Union leaders yesterday (18 September) after an EU summit in Bratislava which he said amounted to no more than "a nice cruise on the Danube."
Security 16-09-2016

Hollande says France 'cannot be alone' on EU defence

France can take the lead in European defence cooperation, but cannot do it all on its own, French President Francois Hollande said Friday (16 September) as EU leaders held crunch post-Brexit talks.
Public Affairs 14-09-2016

Barroso riles against 'discriminatory' EU in Goldman Sachs row

Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday (13 September) accused Brussels of discrimination after it ordered an ethics probe into his new role at US investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Security 13-09-2016

Germany and France seek stronger EU defence after Brexit

Germany and France have outlined plans to deepen European military cooperation, a document showed on Monday (12 September), as Britain's exit from the European Union removes one of the biggest obstacles to stronger EU defence in tandem with NATO.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

FTT to be pushed through 'by the end of the year'

Plans for a European Financial Transaction Tax have not advanced since 2012. Now the Commission wants to have the project wrapped up by the end of the year, setting a precedent for an EU-wide corporation tax. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 08-09-2016

Sarkozy wants to restart TTIP negotiations in 2017

The French right has called for the TTIP negotiations to be restarted after the 2017 elections in Germany, the United States and France. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 07-09-2016

The Somme, Verdun and Brexit

Brexit was the point at which two narratives about 20th century European history collided. The 21st century has seen Europe begin to turn once again toward nationalism. Fritz Groothues warns there is much to be done to reverse this trend.
Global Europe 05-09-2016

EU army? Much ado about nothing

The creation of a “European army” has appeared to some politicians as a realistic possibility, now that the UK can't obstruct such a goal. Big statements have been made at high levels, but analysts question the substance behind the rhetoric. The EurActiv network reports.
Trade & Society 05-09-2016

Moscovici: It is 'not appropriate' to suspend TTIP talks

France's European Commissioner believes the EU should continue its trade negotiations with the United States and stand up for its demands, rather than follow the French government's example and give up on the project. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Bratislava summit to focus on security

The informal Bratislava summit of the 27 heads of state and government of the post-Brexit EU will focus mostly on the internal and external security, a high-level diplomat told Brussels journalist today (2 September).
Development Policy 02-09-2016

Hollande does U-turn, increases French development aid

François Hollande has announced an increase to France's official development assistance budget for 2017, putting an end to several consecutive years of funding cuts. EurActiv France reports.
31-08-2016

Francois Hollande buries hope of concluding TTIP this year

While the European Commission, Barack Obama and Angela Merkel all insist the transatlantic trade negotiations can be concluded by the end of the year, François Hollande has said he is ready to throw in the towel. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 31-08-2016

Europhile Macron quits French government to 'offer something new'

After two years in office, France’s controversial Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron, has resigned. Macron made himself popular with his EU counterparts by placing Europe at the heart of his political message. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 30-08-2016

Putin to meet May, Merkel, Hollande and Erdogan in China

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will hold a number of high-level bilateral meetings on the sidelines of 4-5 September summit in Hangzhou, China, a Kremlin aide told reporters on Tuesday (30 September).
Trade & Society 29-08-2016

Germany says TTIP dead in the water

Germany's Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said yesterday (28 August) that negotiations on the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - or TTIP - between the EU and the US were effectively dead in the water.
Future EU 26-08-2016

Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

At a meeting of socialist leaders yesterday (25 August), French President François Hollande pleaded against the rise of populism. He also announced his participation in another summit of the EU’s southern countries in Athens, on 9 September. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 24-08-2016

Ventotene - the symbolism of the Renzi-Hollande-Merkel summit

The choice of Matteo Renzi to hold the meeting with President Hollande and Chancellor Merkel in Ventotene was highly significant, writes Monica Frassoni.
Elections 24-08-2016

Sarkozy presidential bid seeks to tap security fears after France attacks

When Nicolas Sarkozy went fishing for votes in the electoral waters of France's far right for a second presidential term in 2012 it ended in defeat, as voters alienated by his rhetoric and disappointed by a moribund economy deserted him.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage

The European Union needs a reboot in the wake of Britain's vote to leave, Italy's prime minister said Monday (22 July) as he prepared to meet his French and German counterparts to discuss the fallout from Brexit.
Future EU 18-08-2016

Renzi, Merkel, Hollande to meet for EU talks post-Brexit

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande on an Italian island on Monday (22 August) to discuss the EU's way forward after Britain's shock vote to quit the bloc.
Med & South 05-08-2016

Southern EU countries in push for anti-austerity alliance

The Greek government has invited the leaders of five southern EU countries, including France, Italy and Spain, to Athens in a bid to forge an anti-austerity alliance.