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Economy & Jobs 23-07-2018

Tobacco smuggling: Marseille’s illicit secret

Like most big ports, Marseille has seen its fair share of crime and smuggling. The latest trend, seen almost everywhere in the bustling Mediterranean city, is the sale of cigarettes smuggled from North Africa. In the endless cat-and-mouse game with the police, smugglers seem to be winning, for now.
Energy 06-03-2018

Irish minister: We are the global leaders in taking variable renewable electricity onto the grid

The Irish electricity is now able to cope with 65% of electricity coming from intermittent electricity sources like wind and solar – an expertise Energy Minister Denis Naugthen believes can be replicated on a larger scale as Europe moves towards 50% renewable power by 2030.
Energy 10-10-2017

Energy transition in France: What to expect from the new government?

The ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ package of legislation is the EU’s response to the Paris Agreement on climate change, setting out the bloc’s energy and climate policies for 2030.
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Friedrich Heinemann
Defence policy 29-09-2016

Study shows Franco-German consensus on defence and immigration integration

French and German members of parliament are both open to granting more competencies to the EU in the fields of defence and immigration policy. There is, however, considerable disagreement on certain reform proposals for the eurozone.
Nigel Farage
Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.
Jean-Claude Juncker

Juncker after Brussels terror attacks: ‘We need a Security Union’

“We feel we need a Capital Market Union, Energy Union, Economic and Monetary Union but we also think we need security union”, stressed Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday (23 March), after terrorist attacks killed 31 and left over 200 injured on Tuesday (22 March) in Brussels.
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Economy & Jobs 23-02-2016

TTIP: What opportunities for France?

The World Trade Institute published a study on "TTIP and the EU member states" in January, ahead of the latest round of negotiations between the European Union and the United States.
Climate change 11-12-2015

COP21: Taiwan tells China to decarbonise faster, US to dig deep

SPECIAL REPORT/ China should commit to faster decarbonisation at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Taiwan’s Environment Minister has said, after the two countries reached a diplomatic rapprochement.
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Climate change 10-12-2015

Young entrepreneurs & technology solutions for climate change

Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the twenty-first century. Amongst young people, those pursuing an entrepreneurial career are naturally inclined to seek solutions in order to defy challenges.
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2015

Farage: ‘The European project is beginning to die’

“If you've got the courage you should lead the Greek people out of the eurozone, with your head held high,” said British MEP Nigel Farage (EFFD).
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Economy & Jobs 19-03-2015

Hollande: Greece must ask the richest to pay their taxes

“That the Greek government does what best for the poor is not what shocks me. What we ask Greece is that it asks the richest to pay their taxes,” said French President François Hollande on his arrival at the EU Council Summit on Thursday.
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Economy & Jobs 18-03-2015

Manuel Valls: “I will be extremely vigilant to not slow down growth”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday that France will take “all measures” to reduce its budget deficit below the 3 percent limit, but will be “extremely vigilant” not to destroy economic growth.
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Economy & Jobs 20-02-2015

Sapin says Greek euro exit ‘not an option’

As eurozone finance ministers are holding emergency talks on the Greek crisis in Brussels on Friday, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said the Greece's euro exit “is not an option”. “The only option is to keep working for Greece to continue at ease inside the euro, and for the rest of the eurozone to continue at ease with Greece,” he added.
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EU leaders attend Paris anti-terror march

European leaders joined a silent march in Paris on Sunday, after 3 days of terrorist attacks in France left 17 people dead.
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Parliament holds minute of silence for Charlie Hebdo victims

EU lawmakers gathered outside the European Parliament on Thursday to hold one minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the attack on the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
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Languages & Culture 08-01-2015

EU leaders condemn ‘barbaric’ terrorist attack in France

EU leaders condemned on Wednesday the terrorist attack on the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, calling it an “act of barbarism.”
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Economy & Jobs 04-11-2014

Commission revises down economic forecast

The European Commission has projected weak economic growth for the rest of this year in the eurozone.
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Economy & Jobs 23-10-2014

Hollande on budget: “France will respect the rules but with maximum flexibility”

On his arrival at the December 2014 EU Summit, French President Francois Hollande said that France's priority is “growth.”
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Economy & Jobs 01-10-2014

Banks as tax collectors? EBF-FBF Tax conference reviews FTT, CRS

The 2014 international tax conference of the European Banking Federation, held on Monday in Paris, has reviewed Sunday’s endorsement by G20 Finance Ministers of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) proposed as a model for a global Automatic Exchange of Information. http://www.ebf-fbe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/EBF_010514-EBF-Tax-Conference-reviews-progress-on-Common-Reporting-Standards.pdf The conference was an opportunity for the EBF to express its concerns about the CRS: its lack of proportionality, the crucial need for consistency across jurisdictions and for full EU-OECD alignment, the need for a proper examination of all legal and constitutional implications, notably in the field of data protection, and the need for the immediate creation of a review process. The CRS model will require financial institutions to automatically exchange detailed account information with tax authorities in their country. In addition the conference discussed the impact of a possible tax on financial transactions, known as FTT. This tax threatens to introduce regulatory and tax uncertainty in the 11 EU Member States that are currently considering it and risks damaging economic growth in Europe as whole.
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EU Priorities 2020 16-07-2014

Hollande welcomes Juncker’s 300 bn euro EU investment plan

Speaking to journalists on is arrival at the June EU Summit, French President Francois Hollande said praised the EU priorities outlined by newly elected European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
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Competition 10-07-2014

Commission fines pharmaceutical companies for drug-delay deals

The European Commission on Wednesday imposed fines totaling €427.7 million on the French pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines – Niche/Unichem, Matrix (now part of Mylan), Teva, Krka and Lupin – for concluding a series of deals of deals all aimed at protecting Servier's bestselling blood pressure medicine, perindopril, from price competition by generics in the EU.
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Europe's East 05-06-2014

Obama ‘concerned’ over France’s war ship sale to Russia

Speaking to journalists after the G7 Summit in Brussels on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said that he 'has express some concerns' over France's selling of warships to Russia.
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27-05-2014

Hollande: Europe should listen to what happened in France

On his arrival at the European Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande that the EU should undergo a 'reorientation'. “Europe should listen to what happened in France”. When France votes like it did on Sunday, when Front National won 25 per cent of votes, yes we have a problem”, Hollande added.
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26-05-2014

Parliament set for grand coalition after EU election despite Eurosceptic rise

43.1% of EU citizens went to the polls on Sunday to chose who will lead Europe for the next 5 years.