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27/08/2016

Inability to unite on major challenges may pull the EU apart, say politicians

People: Michel Sapin


UK & Europe 25-07-2016

Brexit is risk to global growth, says G20

Britain's vote to leave the European Union heightens risks for the world economy, finance chiefs from the G20 group of leading countries said Sunday (24 July), vowing to use "all policy tools" to boost growth.
Euro & Finance 12-07-2016

Commission threatens Spain and Portugal with fines

The EU threatened Spain and Portugal Tuesday (12 July) with huge fines for failing to fix years of high deficits, in the first time Brussels has wielded its disciplinary powers over member states' budgets.
24-06-2016

France responds to the 'shock' of Brexit

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union will take effect from 2019. For the French, Brexit came as a surprise: a sad one for some, a happy one for others. For some French Europhiles, it is even a breath of fresh air. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 07-06-2016

France to strengthen whistleblower protection in economic reform bill

After the EU's fierce debate whistleblower protection, France has proposed a much tighter set of safeguards in its draft bill for transparency and the modernisation of the economy. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 31-05-2016

Brexit: Paris stock exchange to ‘assert its strength’

The Paris stock exchange plans to “assert its strength” to attract international businesses, taking advantage of the potential damage Brexit could do to the City of London, French sources said on Monday (30 May).
Euro & Finance 25-05-2016

Eurogroup achieves ‘major breakthrough’ to unlock further cash for Greece

Eurozone finance ministers reached a vital deal with Greece in the early hours today (25 May) to start debt relief for Athens as demanded by the International Monetary Fund, and to unlock €10.3 billion in bailout cash.
Euro & Finance 19-05-2016

Marathon negotiations on the eurozone budget continue

European lawmakers are trying to push ahead with plans for a eurozone budget. A consensus in the European Parliament could finally unblock the political debate. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Is the Eurogroup’s offer of a debt restructure really a victory for Tsipras?

Eurozone finance ministers yesterday (9 May) proposed to restructure the Greek debt, but with conditions that could cost Athens dearly. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 04-05-2016

Days are numbered for €500 banknote

The European Central Bank is set to decide today (4 May) the fate of the 500-euro banknote, which many people associate with money laundering, the black market and terrorist financing.
Euro & Finance 25-04-2016

Finance ministers give mixed reaction to Commission response to Panama Papers

The release of the Panama Papers has pushed EU finance ministers into stepping up the fight against tax fraud. However, some of the bloc’s financial chiefs have concerns about the Commission’s proposal to publish the tax records of large companies. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 15-04-2016

EU’s big 5 call to end shell company secrecy

EU’s five leading economies called yesterday (14 April) for a crackdown on tax havens, urging the G20 powers to end the secrecy of shell companies that enables tax evasion and money laundering.
Euro & Finance 11-02-2016

Merkel and Hollande devise a plan for the future of the eurozone

The two leaders are expected to unveil a joint proposal on the future of the eurozone by the end of 2016, once they have set aside their own differences over how to pursue integration. EurActiv France reports
Central Europe 11-02-2016

EU warns UK deal ‘fragile’ as Paris, East seek changes

A draft accord to help keep Britain in the European Union is "very fragile", a top EU official warned yesterday (10 February) as France and eastern states pushed for changes before leaders meet to try and seal the deal next week.

France, Germany press Brussels on terror funding crackdown

France and Germany pressed the European Union yesterday (9 February) to speed up plans designed to crack down on the funding of terrorist groups.

More time needed for new anti-terrorism financing measures

The European Commission will outline an action plan to combat terrorism financing on Tuesday (2 February). But legislative proposals will require more work to minimise possible side effects on the financial sector, EU officials told Euractiv.

EU chills French push for new rules against terrorism financing

France’s effort to intensify the fight against terrorism financing is expected to find a more cautious response from EU institutions and member states at a meeting of EU finance ministers on Friday (15 January).

France targets 'low-cost' terror financing at UN

France's finance minister is pushing for global standards to prevent small, anonymous money transfers believed to be used to finance attacks such as Islamic State's assault on Paris in November.
Euro & Finance 17-12-2015

No progress on tax transparency without European agreement, says France

The French parliament has finally rejected country by country reporting for the activities of the biggest French companies, refusing to get tough on tax optimisation without the involvement of their European partners. EurActiv France reports.

France eyes European system to track terrorism finance

In the absence of better cooperation from Washington, France wants European countries to set up their own system to track terrorism finance.
Euro & Finance 17-11-2015

Spain overtakes France as the eurozone’s problem child

France’s budget deficit is unlikely to fall below 3% of GDP by 2017. But the deterioration of Spain's public finances may save Paris the worst criticisms. EurActiv France reports
Development Policy 12-10-2015

French plans to expand FTT may sink European negotiations

French MPs have voted to apply the Financial Transaction Tax to day trading, but the Ministry of Finance fears this will cause further delays to European negotiations. EurActiv France reports
Trade & Society 30-09-2015

French industry to push for ‘investment shock’ in Athens

Representatives from French and Greek industry associations met in Paris on Monday (28 September), in order to boost investment in Greece's declining economy.
Euro & Finance 24-09-2015

Finance ministers show willing to work with tax rulings committee

The European Parliament's TAXE committee interviewed the French, Italian, German and Spanish finance ministers on 22 September. They promised to work quickly to adopt the Tax Rulings Directive. EurActiv France reports
EU Priorities 2020 01-09-2015

Inability to unite on major challenges may pull the EU apart, say politicians

French Socialist Party leaders have warned that the multitude of crises currently buffeting the European Union could deal a death blow to the European project. EurActiv France reports