About: Matthias Fekl

Politics 19-04-2017

France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections

Two men arrested in Marseille on Tuesday (18 April) planned an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday (23 April), authorities said.

Data protection 29-03-2017

EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers.

Trade & Society 26-01-2017

Paris counts on Trump to shock EU into action on trade

The EU must latch onto the change of tack announced by the United States regarding international trade, and use it as an opportunity to redefine its own trade policy, according to France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 13-12-2016

EU squares up for battle over Chinese dumping

After two years of delays, EU ministers have finally agreed to strengthen the bloc's trade defence instruments. The decision comes as Beijing prepares to fight the EU’s tariffs at the WTO. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 12-11-2016

EU nears tougher rules on China dumping

European Union trade ministers said Friday (11 November) they must not be "naive" in the face of alleged China price dumping, as they tried to agree tougher measures to fight unfairly low prices. China is the EU's second-largest trade partner but the two blocs have had a series of disputes over cheap Chinese exports that Europeans …

Trade & Society 10-11-2016

France makes another U-turn on EU trade policy

After going to extraordinary lengths to block an anti-CETA resolution in the French parliament, Matthias Fekl has called for more democracy in Europe's trade negotiations. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 13-10-2016

‘Strange’ manoeuvering over CETA exposes democratic deficit

French lawmakers are continuing their battle against the EU's free trade deal with Canada (CETA). The arrest of Green MEP José Bové by the Canadian authorities yesterday (12 October) has only deepened concerns over the deal. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 26-09-2016

TTIP: Negotiations ‘in the void’

Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are forging ahead, despite opposition from a number of countries. And the American elections are almost certain to compromise the deal. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Austria, France propose restarting TTIP under new name

Austria and France will today (23 September) propose ending the current round of trade talks between the United States and the European Union, and starting fresh talks under a new name, Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner said.

Trade & Society 20-09-2016

France tells EU to get tough on TTIP

France has called for the EU to rethink its approach to trade negotiations, while pushing ahead with CETA, the free trade deal with Canada. But free trade is an increasingly thorny subject with European citizens. 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.

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.

Trade & Society 05-09-2016

Belgium says TTIP talks seem unbalanced, may need pause

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel over the weekend became the latest European politician to voice doubts over the possibility of the EU agreeing a major new trade deal with the United States, saying in a newspaper interview that negotiations might have to be abandoned for now.

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.

Trade & Society 30-08-2016

France demands end to TTIP talks

France plans to call for an end to the transatlantic free trade talks in September, so the negotiations can be restarted "on a good basis", Matthias Fekl announced. EURACTIV France reports.

Euro & Finance 12-07-2016

Civil servants join call to cut Barroso’s EU pension after Goldman Sachs hire

The main trade union of EU civil servants has added its voice to the chorus of politicians demanding that the European Commission take an "appropriate decision" on José Manuel Barroso's new position at Goldman Sachs. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 05-07-2016

TTIP impossible in 2016, French minister says

It will be "impossible" for the European Union and the United States to conclude negotiations on a trade deal by the end of 2016, France's junior minister for trade and commerce said today (5 July).

Trade & Society 03-05-2016

France claims TTIP talks likely to stop

Negotiations on the planned TTIP agreement between the US and the EU are likely to grind to a halt because of Washington's reluctance to make concessions, a top French trade official warned today (3 May).

Trade & Society 08-03-2016

France sees the EU-Canada agreement as a ‘template’ for TTIP

Paris would like to "copy-paste" key passages from the EU-Canada free trade agreement, concluded this week, particularly those relating to the arbitration court that is such a controversial issue in Europe. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 23-02-2016

France seeks guarantees for national sovereignty in adoption of TTIP

Paris has argued that the transatlantic trade deal should have to be approved by the EU’s national parliaments before it can take effect, not just the European institutions. EURACTIV France reports.

Trade & Society 25-11-2015

SMEs want a TTIP rethink

What would drive the boss of a Bavarian mechanical engineering company to launch a business initiative against TTIP? Martina Römmelt-Fella detailed her concerns about it to EURACTIV Germany.

Trade & Society 29-09-2015

France threatens to pull out of TTIP negotiations

In an interview with Sud-Ouest, Matthias Fekl threatened to "call a complete halt" to the TTIP negotiations if things do not change. EURACTIV France reports

Trade & Society 02-07-2015

France may block EU-Canada trade deal over ISDS

Opposition to investor protection measures in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, signed by Canada and the European Union in 2013, have put the deal’s future in doubt. EURACTIV France reports

Trade & Society 03-06-2015

Matthias Fekl: ‘The EU should have its own arbitration court’

EXCLUSIVE / France's Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Matthias Fekl, delivered a proposal for TTIP arbitration reform in Brussels yesterday, in which he recommended the creation of a European court to settle trade disputes. He spoke to Cécile Barbière from EURACTIV France.