Keyword: European Union

French warn Britain: Brexit could be your Waterloo

As commemorations begin for 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat in 1815, Le Monde tells UK of the dangers of leaving the EU.

French patrol boat saves 217 migrants off Libya

Vessel was sent on Tuesday to reinforce EU's surveillance operation after a series of migrant tragedies in which nearly 5,000 have drowned.

Why France shows courage in diagnosing its economic ills

Since 1999, France has a more impressive record on economic growth, productivity and financial sector stability than many eurozone peers.

France 'to block British plan to change EU treaty'

Media reports cite senior French government source who says Paris 'will not pay an extra price to keep the UK in the EU'. 

France signals tougher sanctions against Russia

Speaking before a meeting of EU heads of state, President François Hollande said 'decisions must be made' to halt escalation in Ukraine crisis.

The prospects for Juncker's pledge of a pan-European minimum wage

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The European Commission’s incoming president, centre-right politician Jean-Claude Juncker, caused surprise this summer when he pledged his support for a continent-wide minimum wage. Juncker, who will take up his post in November, has not yet detailed the potentially complicated practical framework for applying the minimum wage, a move which runs against the tide of the blanket austerity policies until now championed by Brussels. While Juncker faces numerous obstacles to succeed with the scheme, not least from European treaty texts, the idea that raising low incomes would be beneficial to economies appears to be gaining support even from the most unexpected quarters. Mediapart’s Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports on the arguments for and against, and in just what form a pan-European minimum wage might finally see the light of day.

Use budget savings to finance tax breaks says French minister

Arnaud Montebourg, an outspoken critic of austerity, also attacked EU policies and said European Central Bank should do more to help growth.

'Europe isn't working' admit young Brussels bureaucrats as they call for greater union

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In a rare move, a group of young public servants and diplomats based in the European Union's headquarters in Brussels has launched a passionate plea for a more constructive and far-reaching debate about the fate of Europe. Members of the group, called Euro2030, want to remain anonymous to avoid embarrassing the institutions its members work for. But with under two weeks to go before European elections, this new generation of officials at the very heart of the EU has become frustrated both by the tone of the current debate on Europe and by the failures of the EU itself. The group's analysis of Europe's faults and its proposed solutions are at loggerheads with the orthodox view of Brussels institutions. Above all, the young bureaucrats admit that the EU dream is not working – and that European integration “runs the risk” of losing the support of the continent's people. Ludovic Lamant reports.

Paris announces EU to consider joint mission in CAR

French President François Hollande says EU will decide next month on helping French forces keep peace in war-torn Central African Republic.

France, Germany follow UK move for welfare curbs on EU migrants

France and Germany echo UK calls to restrict welfare payments for EU migrants ahead of a predicted influx of Romanian and Bulgarian workers.

European citizenship for sale - only the wealthy need apply

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While the European Union is placing increased resources into blocking clandestine immigration to the continent, its member states, notably those of the south, worst-hit by the financial crisis, are mounting schemes to sell residency rights and even citizenship to wealthy non-EU foreigners in an attempt to attract millions of euros into state coffers. To qualify for most of the schemes it suffices to buy into luxury property, a deal which is notably attracting Russian, Chinese and Middle East investors. The European Commission, meanwhile, says it has no say in the cynical and apparently legal business of selling European citizenship. Ludovic Lamant reports.

Mercenary members cause EU to flop again in its attempts to wage war on tax evasion

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European leaders met this week at a summit intended to decide upon aggressive policies to tackle tax evasion, but the results were far from conclusive, not least because of continuing opposition from Austria and Luxembourg on introducing a yearly automatic exchange of bank account information between member states. Mediapart’s Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports on the outcome of Wednesday’s talks, and examines whether the European Union is truly capable of acting as the umbrella organisation to halt a tax drain that is estimated to cost its members a combined 1 trillion euros per year.

Hollande says reduced EU budget deal 'good compromise'

The French president had argued against major spending cuts in the EU budget, but accepted deal that sees its first-ever reduction for 2014-20.

Tit for tat: France offers 'red carpet' to UK businesses in case of EU pullout

Reacting to David Cameron's speech on Europe, France's foreign minister offers refuge to British businesses if UK referendum sees it leave EU.

Delors says UK should leave EU

Former European Commission president Jacques Delors told German daily 'British are solely concerned about their economic interests'.