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France says determined to improve budget credibility

New finance minister Pierre Moscovici says there has been a lack of credibility for France over the public deficit and adds: "We're being watched".

France risks missing 2013 deficit goal, EU Commission says

The European Commission has sent a message to new French President Francois Hollande that his growth agenda faces severe constraints.

Germany refuses Hollande re-negotiation of EU fiscal pact

Germany rules out reworking the European Union's 'fiskalpakt' despite calls to do so by Francois Hollande, France's president-elect.

The Trojan Horse of private finance rolling into Europe


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose conservative right Popular Party was elected to government in a landslide victory in November, earlier this month named Luis de Guindos, formerly with Lehman Brothers and PricewaterhouseCoopers, as his new economy minister. The appointment, announced last week, was the latest manifestation of a viral pattern now spreading across Europe, whereby technocrats are filling the posts of national governments and private sector "experts" are shaping EU decision making. Ludovic Lamant reports.

Stiglitz commission drives EU towards 'paradigm shift' in measuring progress

Quality of life measurements could soon be used in addition to basic GDP statistics as the basis for EU policy decisions.

Why Europe needs an FDR

Under Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel, all Europe can look forward to is years of unemployment and falling living standards, argues Neil Clark.

Sarkozy says Cameron has created 'two Europes'

French president claimed he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel did everything possible to convince UK to sign the EU deal to tackle debt crisis.

France, Germany find eurozone deal without UK

The EU summit in Brussels sees agreement among eurozone members to a tax and budget pact after the UK vetoed modification of the EU Treaty.

France won't leave euro summit without powerful deal, says Baroin

France and Germany will not leave this week's EU summit without a "powerful" deal to end the eurozone debt crisis, says French Finance Minister.

Cameron and Sarkozy in Paris talks on eurozone crisis

The French and British leaders held talks to discuss the debt crsisis ahead of a crucial meeting in Brussels next week on the future shape of the EU.

EU farm policy debate pits France against UK

European Union proposals on future agricultural spending set to trigger year-long debate among the bloc's 27 member states over subsidies.

EU barricades rise as dictators fall


Following the arrival this month of thousands of Tunisians on the island of Lampedusa, Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini has warned that the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi will open a migratory exodus of 'biblical proportions'. Carine Fouteau reports on how pro-democracy revolts sweeping away the dictatorial regimes of the Arab world have opened up an embarrassing issue for the European Union, which for years has relied on the despots of North Africa to help control clandestine migration from the continent.