Keyword: Germany

Geneva launches legal battle to shut French nuclear plant

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The Swiss canton, or state, of Geneva has launched legal action aimed at forcing the closure of the ageing, accident-prone French nuclear plant at Bugey, which lies just 70 kilometres from the border with Switzerland. The lawsuit is for “the deliberate endangering of lives” and “water pollution”. If successful, this extraordinary move could encourage other countries bordering France and its network of 58 nuclear reactors to take similar action. Agathe Duparc reports from Geneva where the local authorities presented their case at a press conference on Monday.

Hollande says France and Germany see eye to eye over migrant crisis

As Hollande and Merkel meet in Paris, president insists that France shares the same desire as Germany to tackle the problem.

France nuclear incident 'worse than reported'

German media quote expert as saying 2014 incident at Fessenheim plant near German border was unique occurrence in Western Europe.

French and German central bankers call for euro zone finance ministry

Heads of Paris and Berlin central banks say European Central Bank is not enough to sustain long-term growth for currency bloc. 

Migrant crisis: France's prime minister warns over refugee numbers

Manuel Valls said stricter controls were not imposed on the EU's external borders, then people would say 'enough of Europe'.

France feels increasingly isolated in fight against terror

Paris worries its allies, including Germany, may not have the will to confront the militant threat head on, says The Wall Street Journal.

Hollande demands 'all information' on German bugging of French foreign minister

The French president said he expected Chancellor Angela Merkel to give 'exact details' over report that German intelligence spied on Laurent Fabius.

French and German foreign ministers in joint visit to Bangladesh

The 'historic' trip by Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier is aimed at helping South Asian country combat effects of climate change.

France draws few migrants with belated welcome

France’s relative lack of appeal for migrants has not blunted the fearmongering about immigration that has helped fuel support for far-right.

Germany and France demand EU binding agreement on sharing migrants

President Hollande called for mechanism forcing countries to take an obligatory number of refugees, though avoided use of word 'quota'.

Germany bullied France into policy of austerity, says top economist

Nobel prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz said Germany's influence on economic policy of President Hollande involved 'a kind of intimidation'.

France, Germany and Britain demand urgent EU meeting on migrant crisis

The three nations want a special meeting of justice and interior ministers within two weeks to find 'concrete steps' to tackle situation.

German FM and staff were targets of systematic NSA taps

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The phones of German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and those of many of his ministry staff were systematically tapped by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in an eavesdropping operation that began at least 15 years ago, Mediapart can reveal in this report in collaboration with WikiLeaks. Confidential NSA documents obtained by WikiLeaks also disclose how Steinmeier, during his first term as foreign minister in 2005, “appeared relieved” to have been spared details of infamous rendition flights operated by the US over German airspace. Jérôme Hourdeaux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.

Why Europe's new problem is Germany

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Le ministre allemand des finances, Wolfgang Schaüble. © Reuters Le ministre allemand des finances, Wolfgang Schaüble. © Reuters

The dogmatic intransigence and unprecedented brutality that Germany has directed towards the Greek government now marks a historic break-up of the European project, writes Mediapart editor François Bonnet in this analysis of the five years of high drama surrounding the Greek debt crisis. The camouflage, he writes, has finally dropped: the arrival of an aggressive German superpower in Europe, seated on economic strength but also its influence over a number of central European states, one that is intent on imposing its economic and monetary vision, promises untold divisions and dangers.

France's role behind Greek bailout deal

Analysts say that while Germany remains EU's senior player, the debt talks saga has shown France can still be a key counterweight power.