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Future EU 14-11-2019

Thierry Breton convinces MEPs, avoids same fate as Goulard

Thierry Breton, France's new Commissioner pick for the internal market and defence portfolio, convinced more than two-thirds of the MEPs who were auditioning him today (14 November).
Future EU 13-11-2019

Main EU political groups expected to back France’s new Commissioner pick

The European Parliament will be hearing France's second EU Commissioner candidate, the former CEO of Atos, Thierry Breton. But this time, France has secured the support of the main political groups. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 13-11-2019

French PM eager to push for pension reform amid calls for ‘unlimited’ strikes

The French government's determination to push for pension reform does not waver in the face of mounting calls for protest by trade unions, students, teachers and the 'yellow vest' movement. EURACTIV France reports. 

Macron questioning NATO in Economist interview raises eyebrows about his methods

Emmanuel Macron presented his geopolitical vision in an interview with The Economist on Thursday (7 November), and it once again attracted a wide range of criticism. By speaking of a "NATO brain death", this recent diplomatic blunder is putting the French president's partnerships at risk.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2019

US Paris Agreement withdrawal prompts new thinking on how to exert pressure

America's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord might only be temporary if a Democrat wins the White House in 2020. The effect on trade policy could be significant in the meantime. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 23-10-2019

Atos CEO Thierry Breton might join race to become France’s new Commissioner pick

After the European Parliament rejected Sylvie Goulard as the French Commissioner, rumours suggest that Thierry Breton, the CEO of French multinational Atos, might be in the race. EURACTIV France reports. 
Future EU 18-10-2019

Differences between Merkel and Macron are slight but real

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave their views on Europe in their concluding remarks at the end of the European Council Summit on Friday 18 October. Although they attempted to show a united front on EU issues, differences persisted. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-10-2019

Europe’s ‘MIT’ wants to accelerate innovation and support creativity

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology often referred to as "Europe's MIT", is a little over ten years old and has already supported more than a hundred projects. It is now preparing to launch a branch to promote culture and the creative industries. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 14-10-2019

Macron plays appeasement card after Goulard’s rejection

After an initial outburst, French President Emmanuel Macron sought to ease tensions on Sunday (13 October) following the rejection last week of his protégée Sylvie Goulard as France's candidate for the European Commission. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 10-10-2019

Why the European Parliament rejected Sylvie Goulard

The parliamentary committees rejected the candidacy of France's Sylvie Goulard for the Commissioner's post, officially on ethical grounds. However, her refusal is also a sign that German conservatives are finding it difficult to trust French President Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 10-10-2019

EU Socialists could save Sylvie Goulard from long-winded saga

France’s European Commissioner-designate, Sylvie Goulard, will have to undergo another hearing on Thursday (10 October). Although the Greens and conservatives do not trust the French candidate, the last-minute support from the S&D group might save her after this tumultuous week.  EURACTIV France reports.

French government revisits migrant quota question

The first debates held in the French National Assembly led the government to suggest that the criteria for family reunification, which allow refugees to bring their families, should be "tightened". EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 08-10-2019

Sylvie Goulard still to convince MEPs in ‘do or die’ week

After a rough ride last week (2 October), France’s European Commissioner-designate, Sylvie Goulard, has a last chance to convince the European Parliament by answering a new set of questions in writing or by facing the music at the end of this week. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 04-10-2019

Bordeaux winegrowers want to leave chemicals behind to save the environment

Fewer chemical inputs tend to make the vine more robust and also ensure the terroir is better expressed in the wine's aroma, according to experts. France's vineyard sector is also interested in new grape varieties that are resistant to heat and disease. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 03-10-2019

Sylvie Goulard given rough ride by European Parliament

France's European Commissioner-designate, Sylvie Goulard, faced a European Parliament hearing on Wednesday (2 October), where she was mostly questioned on issues of integrity, rather than the substance of the job on the table. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 30-09-2019

Pesticide challenge leaving French viticulture with little choice

Wine is France's national pride but it represents a significant challenge for the country. Viticulture needs plenty of pesticides, mainly because of fungicides, but the sector continues to face many difficulties in changing its practices. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 18-09-2019

French researchers forecast more intensified global warming

According to new forecasts, the target laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement of 1.5 degrees Celsius could be out of reach, while temperature increases might even reach 6 or 7°C by 2100. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 16-09-2019

The new EU Commission shows newfound lust for power

It is hard not to see Emmanuel Macron's influence in Ursula von der Leyen's speech presenting her team of Commissioner-designates, or in the amount of top EU jobs obtained by France. But the idea of a powerful Europe is also seducing the Germans. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 10-09-2019

France’s Goulard gets double internal market and defence industry post

Defending Europe's industrial sovereignty and building a defence and space industry. Ursula von der Leyen's newly-designated European Commission is innovating by adopting French President Emmanuel Macron's demands itself. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 06-09-2019

France’s path towards sustainable farming eroded by increased droughts

The intense drought in France has already led to the elimination of fallow fields. It has also created tensions that are not so favourable to the negotiations over the EU's new Common Agricultural Policy. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 03-09-2019

French customs struggles to cope with no-deal Brexit planning

On 26 August, the French Council of Ministers sacked Rodolphe Gintz after two years as customs chief. Meanwhile, the French customs office is facing up to the difficulties of preparing for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 30-08-2019

Protein discussion likely to be on next European Commission agenda

Fires that consume the Amazon rainforest are often started by farmers who are attempting to meet the growing demand for soybeans. Now, France wants to convince its European partners of the EU's potential role as a leader on the plant protein market. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 28-08-2019

The Brief: Macron, the EU’s new leader

The West may no longer be the leader of the world. But the EU has a new leader and it’s no longer Merkel: it’s French President Emmanuel Macron. He was the unofficial winner of the European elections, or at least...
Future EU 28-08-2019

France proposes europhile Sylvie Goulard as Commissioner

France has proposed Sylvie Goulard as its European Commissioner candidate. An expert on European issues, the former centrist MEP was central to helping Emmanuel Macron develop his European contacts during his successful 2017 presidential campaign. EURACTIV France reports.

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