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Air Quality 23-08-2018

Germany blocks ‘Dieselgate’ investigation in France

Three French investigative judges have complained about the lack of collaboration from the German judiciary in the ‘Dieselgate’ file. Germany meanwhile alleged possible disruptions of its own investigation. An article from our partner Ouest-France.
Politics 08-06-2018

Austria to expel 60 imams with links to Turkey

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on 8 June his plans to expel foreign-funded imams and shut down seven mosques to tackle “political Islam”. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Railways 26-04-2018

‘Free Interrail for all young Europeans’ campaign gathers pace

The growing #FreeInterrail campaign calls for an EU program granting a free Interrail pass to all young Europeans. It's a widely supported idea that could to a certain extent be taken up by the EU. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Brexit 26-03-2018

Britain’s post-Brexit passport, fabriqué en France?

A French company might win the British government’s call for bids to print blue post-Brexit British passports, a decision that sparked controversy in the UK. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Why Poland plans to build a 1,200 km wall

Poland has decided to build a wall on its eastern border by 2020 to effectively tackle swine fever. The aim of the wall is to prevent wild boars carrying the disease from entering the territory, a decision that is far from convincing experts.
Agrifood 24-10-2017

Spreading thin: France grapples with butter shortage, price hike

France is facing a shortage of butter in supermarkets, as producers are scrambling to meet increased demand. The price hike should last for months. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Migrants: Independent inquiry finds ‘likely’ use of excessive force by French police

The French police "likely" used excessive force against migrants after dismantling the camp in Calais a year ago, an independent inquiry has found. But the ministry of interior insists that the “most serious allegations” were rejected. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Elections 24-10-2017

Germany’s far-right enters parliament amid fears and protests

Almost a hundred far-right MPs make their debut in the German Bundestag on Tuesday (24 October), where they plan to give Chancellor Angela Merkel a hard time in a display of nationalism unseen since 1945. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Agrifood 25-09-2017

France’s ecology minister meets angry farmers and promises ‘shared solution’

French farmers have been protesting France's proposed ban on glyphosate, Europe's number one pesticide. Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot tried to engage in dialogue with them to achieve a "shared solution". EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Climate change 07-09-2017

Report: Switzerland lost 90% of its ponds within two centuries

Intensive agriculture has gradually dried them out, and soils are no longer able to handle violent rains, creating increased flooding and lethal mud slides. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Climate change 06-09-2017

France bans production of hydrocarbons

French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot proposed on Wednesday (6 September) a bill to end the modest production of hydrocarbons in France, hoping to lead by example. EURACTIV's partner Ouest France reports.
Economy & Jobs 31-08-2017

Half-baked eurozone reforms ‘would put Europe on the line’

Saving the eurozone will require “stronger political will from France and Germany”, a French government spokesman said after a ministerial meeting including German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Paris on Wednesday (30 August). EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Agrifood 25-08-2017

French wine production drops following drought and frost

The production of French wine is expected to drop by 18% this year due to the weather conditions, according to a statement by the French ministry of agriculture published on Friday, August 25. EURACTIV's partner Ouest France reports.
Global Europe 24-08-2017

Schröder smells of Russian gaz

Germany's ex-chancellor hasn’t yet formally left Gazprom, but has already announced he will join Russian-owned oil company Rosneft. His taste for Russian money repels many Germans. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest France reports.

France’s Hulot calls for ‘European civil protection force’ to counter forest fires

Europe needs a “civil security force” to tackle wildfires, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said during a visit to the Corsican town of Palneca on Thursday (17 August), after 170 hectares of the island went up in smoke earlier this month. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-08-2017

‘You’re not welcome’: Tourismophobia spreads across Europe

From Scotland to Ibiza, critics of mass tourism are growing their ranks. EURACTIV partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-08-2017

Germany’s glass ceiling: Firms given one year to appoint women

Germany's family minister has cornered German firms: Either they name women in management positions now, or they will have to comply with gender quotas in one year. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Electricity 16-08-2017

Hulot’s anti-nuclear credentials called into question as protest turns violent

Violence erupted on 15 August at a demonstration against French plans for a radioactive waste burial site in the north-eastern town of Bure. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, once a vocal opponent of the project, has refused to take sides. EURACTIV’s partner Oust-France reports.
Agrifood 12-07-2017

France: Four out of ten shops breach pesticides law

A consumer organisation has denounced the lax application of a law governing the sale of pesticides to the public in France, where close to half of shops break the law. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2017

The Netherlands: Europe’s under-the-radar tax haven

Dutch NGO Somo has been blowing the whistle on the Netherlands’ tax practices since 1973. So far, to little effect. The founding member of the European Union was still the world’s third-ranked tax haven in 2016. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Elections 16-06-2017

Could proportional representation work for France?

France is mulling the introduction of proportional representation for its next legislative election. It could take inspiration from its European neighbours, all of which – bar the United Kingdom – use a version of PR. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Brexit 31-05-2017

England’s farmers want to believe in Brexit

Farmers in North-East England are fed up with Brussels. But they are counting on the British government to fill the gap left by EU funds until 2020. What then? EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Global Europe 22-05-2017

Italian mafia caught pocketing aid for refugees

Italian police last Monday (15 May) arrested 70 members of the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia syndicate, after the gang pocketed €35 million in public funds, with the help of a Catholic charity organisation. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
CETA 11-05-2017

EU opens door to Canada’s dirty oil

Oil extracted from tar sands is far more polluting than conventional hydrocarbons. But the EU’s decision to change the way it classifies the fuel is good news for Canadian exports and bad news for the environment. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.