France wants the eurozone to push for a deal with Greece before Sunday's referendum, President François Hollande said yesterday (1 July), in comments that differed sharply from those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Greece will vote on its future in the eurozone on Sunday (5 July). If such a poll were to be conducted across the EU, it is far from certain that a majority would back further concessions to Athens as the price for keeping the Union intact. The EurActiv Network reports.
In an unusual move that underlined frustration with the Greek government, the European Commission published on Sunday (28 June) what it said were the last proposals creditors made to Athens before Greece broke off funding talks. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will speak to the press today at noon.
Greek lawmakers on Sunday (28 June) authorised Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' proposed 5 July bailout referendum, setting Greece on course for a plebiscite that has enraged international creditors and increased Greece's chances of exiting the eurozone.
The fraudulent posting of workers has become an urgent problem for the EU. France has laid out new measures in the Macron bill to clamp down on its 300,000 illegally posted workers. La Tribune reports .
The French premier has told the European Commission that Paris intends to honour its budget commitments, but has ruled out any measures that could threaten the country's anaemic economic growth. EurActiv France reports .
As eurozone finance ministers are holding emergency talks on the Greek crisis in Brussels on Friday, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said the Greece's euro exit “is not an option”. “The only option is to keep working for Greece to continue at ease inside the euro, and for the rest of the eurozone to continue at ease with Greece,” he added.
A war of words between Greece and EU paymaster Germany escalated on Tuesday (17 February) with Athens' new leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras rejecting what he called "blackmail" to extend an international bailout and vowing to rush through laws to reverse labour reforms.
Greece's leftist government began its drive to persuade a sceptical Europe to accept a new debt agreement on Sunday (1 February) while it starts to roll back on austerity measures imposed under its existing bailout agreement.
France and Austria sought on Thursday (22 January) to break deadlocked talks with nine other European countries for a financial transaction tax, by proposing that it be applied to cover a wide range of transactions, at low rates, starting next year.
Diplomats from 11 EU member states had hoped to come to an agreement on the future European tax on financial transactions by today, 9 December. But talks failed due to disagreements over how the tax should be collected. EurActiv France reports .
Italy and France expressed irritation on Sunday (7 December) with a call from Chancellor Angela Merkel for them to do more to bring their budgets into line with EU rules, telling the German leader to focus on her own economic woes instead of lecturing others.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has played down any risk that Paris might be fined for breaking EU budgetary rules, days before the European Commission rules on the government's failure to cut its budget deficit. EU officials, meanwhile, beg to differ.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has urged his European counterparts to make derivatives play a very small part in the tax base for the Financial Transaction Tax. Sapin hopes this will unblock negotiations on the project, which has been at an impasse for 2 years. EurActiv.fr reports .
The European Union's budget rules faced their biggest test in over a decade on Wednesday, after France presented a draft 2015 budget breaking past commitments to rein its deficit back to within EU limits.
The German and French economy ministers have asked experts in Berlin and Paris to come up with reform recommendations for both countries in an apparent attempt to avert a full-blown clash between the eurozone heavyweights over economic policy.
France faced intensifying pressure from eurozone peers on Monday (13 October) to tighten spending next year, in a debate complicated by Germany's poor economic results, and the spectre of recession in the eurozone.