About: Hollande

EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2014

Hollande brings Europe back to top of France’s priority list

European issues occupied a great deal of François Hollande’s long-awaited speech to the press yesterday (14 January), with the restart of the EU's Franco-German engine and strengthened fiscal and social convergence in the eurozone at the centre of the French president's reform agenda. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Euro & Finance 17-05-2013

Merkel denies any rift with French leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not have a "bosom friendship" with her French counterpart, she said on Thursday, but her working relationship with François Hollande was strong and crucial for Europe.
EU Priorities 2020 04-02-2013

Hollande: Conditions ‘not there yet’ for EU budget deal

President François Hollande said yesterday (3 February) that France was keen to agree the European Union's 2014-2020 budget at a summit in Brussels later this week, but there was still much work to be done.
Future EU 23-01-2013

Germany, France to table new proposals for the eurozone

Meeting on the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty sealing their post-war reconciliation, the leaders of Germany and France vowed yesterday (22 January) to bridge differences on the shape of Europe's currency union and unveil joint proposals on deeper integration within months.
Elections 02-01-2013

Europe’s leaders stress national politics in New Year greetings

French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made only brief references to the European Union in their New Year messages, with differing assessments of how successful attempts to overcome the eurozone crisis have been.
Euro & Finance 01-10-2012

French protest austerity measures, EU fiscal pact

Thousands of demonstrators marched through Paris yesterday (30 September) against a European fiscal pact, the first major display of public anger to face President François Hollande since his May election.
Agrifood 13-09-2012

Paris backs halt in biofuel use to avert food shortages

A French plan to fight food price volatility took further shape yesterday (12 September) with a call to pause global development of biofuels, just a day after President François Hollande pushed for creation of strategic food stocks.
Future EU 06-09-2012

Analyst: The new EU treaty will be built by a vanguard

It is doubtful that all 27 EU members can agree to start treaty negotiations within the next few years. But a smaller vanguard of member states could agree on treaty changes which could be adopted by the other partners later on, Thomas Fischer from the Bertelsmann Stiftung told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 24-08-2012

Merkel and Hollande stand united on Greece

Angela Merkel and François Hollande presented a united front towards Greece yesterday (23 August), telling Athens it should not expect leeway on its bailout agreement unless it sticks to tough reform targets.
Agrifood 03-07-2012

GMO ban: Risks for science-based assessments

French President François Hollande will face judicial problems over the ban on the cultivation of genetically modified plants, and this has widespread implications for science-based risk assessment in the EU, argue Marcel Kuntz, John Davison and Agnès E. Ricroch.
Enlargement 19-06-2012

How Hollande could help Turkey’s EU bid

François Hollande's choice of Laurent Fabius as foreign minister and Bernard Cazeneuve as European affairs minister suggests that he has little appetite for further enlargement of the EU, argue Can Selçuki and Eldar Mamedov.
Euro & Finance 15-06-2012

Hollande meets Monti in move to counter Merkel

French President François Hollande met yesterday (14 June) with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, making it clear he was building alliances with leaders in Rome and Madrid who back his challenge to German-imposed austerity.
Future EU 31-05-2012

Barroso prepares calendar for ‘more EU integration’

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has said he will propose a roadmap and "calendar" for more European integration at the next summit of EU leaders on 28-29 June, without discarding the possibility of a treaty change aimed at injecting more federalism into the Union.
Future EU 29-05-2012

EU core countries to hold crisis mini-summit

The leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Italy will meet in Rome after the June Greek election to discuss the eurozone crisis, the Italian press reports, as talk of Greece leaving the single currency gain momentum.
Energy 23-05-2012

Energy savings: The stimulus Europe needs

European leaders have to understand that the greatest source of energy in the future will be learning how to use it more efficiently, say Sam Hägglund and Ulrich Paetzold.
Euro & Finance 16-05-2012

German Social Democrats unveil plan for growth

The German Social Democrats have indicated to French President François Hollande that they will support him in adopting a European pact to boost growth, but that they would like to keep this separate from the fiscal compact treaty. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2012

Europe faces 3 national elections on ‘Super Sunday’

On Sunday (6 May), the French will elect a new president, the Greeks will hold general elections, and EU hopeful Serbia will designate their new president, Parliament and local authorities. The stakes appear high not only for the individual countries concerned but also for Europe as a whole.
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2012

From Merkozy to Merkonti after the French poll?

If François Hollande wins the French presidential elections on Sunday, Italy can help forge a rebalancing of the Franco-German couple, especially after Angela Merkel yesterday (3 May) said Europe needs "political courage and creativity rather than billions of euro,” reports EURACTIV Italy.

Unions protest austerity at May Day rallies

Hundreds of thousands of workers across southern Europe protested against spending cuts at May Day rallies yesterday (1 May), before weekend elections in Greece and France where voters are expected to punish leaders for austerity. 
Elections 30-04-2012

French campaign takes nasty turn

French President Nicolas Sarkozy dismissed a report that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sought to fund his 2007 campaign, saying it was a ploy by Socialist opponents to distract from the public reappearance of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Elections 23-04-2012

Far right looms over Hollande-Sarkozy duel

Far-right candidate Marline Le Pen scored the biggest surprise in the first round of France's presidential election, winning 18% of votes yesterday (22 April) in a showing that could tip the runoff between Socialist favourite François Hollande and conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Elections 03-01-2012

Sarkozy hit with new allegations over arms kickbacks

President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing new allegations of involvement in an old weapons sales scandal four months ahead of French presidential elections, according to court testimony disclosed by the daily Libération.