About: Alain Lamassoure

EU Elections 2019 18-09-2018

French pro-European right launches breakaway party

Confronted with the shift towards populism and identity-based politics by the French right-wing, a handful of right-wing French MPs have launched Agir (“Take action”). However, there remains a question mark over the new party’s participation in the European elections against En Marche. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 25-10-2017

Veteran French MEP Alain Lamassoure quits party

Alain Lamassoure, leader of the right-wing 'Les Républicains' delegation in the European Parliament, announced his resignation from the party on Tuesday evening (24 October), citing “a painful race to the most conservative right” after the party decided to exclude the Prime minister, Edouard Philippe, from its ranks.
Elections 19-05-2017

French MEPs left cold as Strasbourg goes giddy over Macron

The new French president was the main topic of conversation among visibly excited MEPs in Strasbourg this week. But the French themselves were among the least enthusiastic. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 18-05-2017

UK blocks European budget as Brexit talks near

Adopted after bitter wrangling by the European Parliament last December, the revision of the EU’s long-term budget for 2014-2020 has now been blocked by the United Kingdom, which seems intent on laying obstacles on the EU's road. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 13-12-2016

Could ‘President’ Le Pen trigger Frexit? Not so easily

France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who wants to become president in the 2017 elections, celebrated Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
Elections 28-11-2016

Sylvie Goulard takes on male-dominated establishment in EP presidency race

The French liberal MEP will have to convince her group to nominate her, rather than ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstad. Since 1979, 87% of the European Parliament's presidents have been men. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 25-11-2016

The Brief: Renzi’s Roman roulette referendum

Italians have the chance to give Matteo Renzi, their prime minister, a bloody nose in less than two weeks when he holds his reform referendum.
Euro & Finance 27-10-2016

Brussels aims to harmonise corporate tax by 2021

The European Commission has unveiled its latest action plan to harmonise corporate tax. After two past failures, the executive hopes the recent flurry of tax scandals will give the project a new lease of life. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 15-09-2016

France and the UK as influential as Lithuania in the European Parliament

Germany, Italy and Poland have far more influence over EU legislation than France or the UK, which suffer from the lack of involvement of many of their MEPs. But three women preserve France’s dignity. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 15-09-2016

EPP candidates line up to replace Schulz

Five centre-right candidates are in the running to become the next president of the European Parliament. But after five years in the job, Martin Schulz has no intention of stepping down. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

Pan-European tax on the table after Brexit

Delegates from around the EU met in Brussels last week to discuss the possibilities for budget reform, an issue previously blocked by the United Kingdom. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 13-07-2016

UK’s King could be a Commissioner ‘without portfolio’

The British ambassador to France, Sir Julian King, will take over as the UK's European Commissioner after the resignation of Jonathan Hill. It is not yet known which, if any, portfolio the diplomat will be given. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 07-07-2016

What should happen to British MEPs?

The uncertainty created by the Brexit referendum has left members of the European Parliament deeply divided over the future role their British colleagues should play. But most agree that Nigel Farage should go. EURACTIV France reports.
Nicolas Sarkozy
Brexit 16-06-2016

Brexit stirs up Euroscepticism in the French right

Nominally a supporter of the European project, Nicolas Sarkozy's Republican party has made increasingly frequent attacks on the European Commission, which it accuses of "pushing out the UK and letting Turkey in". EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 13-04-2016

European Parliament vies to lead Panama Papers inquiry

The European Parliament will vote on whether to create a committee of inquiry into the Panama Papers this Thursday (14 April) - and may decide to merge the new body with the special committee on Tax Rulings. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 15-03-2016

Jersey and Guernsey struggle to justify zero business tax rate

Representatives from the Channel Islands appeared before the European Parliament’s TAXE committee to defend their jurisdiction’s 0% business tax rate. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 10-03-2016

Irritated French politicians begin backing Brexit

Most French political parties officially support the United Kingdom's continued membership of the EU. But cracks in the veneer are beginning to show, as more and more French politicians back Brexit. EURACTIV France reports.

MEPs refuse to vote on PNR before Council strengthens data protection

The ideological battle over the proposed system of recording air passenger information raged on this Monday (7 March), as MEPs refused to vote on the bill. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 26-11-2015

TAXE committee to fight tax evasion for another six months

The European Parliament yesterday (25 November) adopted the TAXE committee's report on the tax practices of big businesses in Europe. But Europe's work on tax evasion is only just beginning. EURACTIV France reports
Public Affairs 17-11-2015

Google, Facebook and Amazon forced to face MEPs’ tax questions

Some 11 multinationals gave patchy responses to questions on their tax practices from the MEPs of the special committee on tax rulings (TAXE) on Monday, ending months of procrastination. EURACTIV France reports

Facebook and Google to be grilled by MEPs over tax

In a last minute move, Facebook and Google announced Friday (23 October) that they will appear before the European Parliament next month to be grilled by MEPs on their controversial tax arrangements, Parliament officials said.

National Front stung in attempt to ban bee pesticide

The main groups in the European Parliament have rejected a proposal from the French National Front to ban a bee-killing pesticide, in an attempt to shut the extreme right out of the legislative process. EURACTIV France reports
Euro & Finance 07-10-2015

EU finance ministers approve new tax transparency rules

EU finance ministers approved the automatic sharing of information on tax rulings between member states on 6 October, in a bid to cut tax competition. EURACTIV France reports
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

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