Keyword: Germany

Merkel brands French and Italian economic reforms 'insufficient'

German chancellor says she agrees with European Commission analysis that Paris has begun reforms but has not yet gone far enough.

French TV ‘proves’ Coco Chanel spied for the Nazis

Historian Franck Ferrand says previously unseen documents show the fashion designer worked directly for German military intelligence.

France joins call for fresh assault on tax havens

Paris, Berlin and Rome want new EU law to ban 'aggressive tax planning' in move seen as an attack on current practices in Luxembourg.

French economy minister calls for EU ‘New Deal’

Emmanuel Macron, who also promised to accelerate fiscal reforms at home, said 300 billion euro 'New Deal' would boost investment and growth.

France warns Germany not to push Europe too far on austerity

Premier Manuel Valls said Berlin and Brussels had to be 'careful' about how they spoke to France and that Europe project was 'at risk'.

Franco-German economic motor stalled until Paris reforms say experts

German observers say Berlin is now expecting Paris to back up its rhetoric with genuine reforms to the French economy.

France defies EU partners with 'no austerity' budget

Ministers say borrowing will meet EU limits two years later than promised and that 'no further effort will be demanded of the French'.

Hollande warns France of tough spending cuts

President's stark comments come as German officials privately warn French counterparts of need for structural reforms.

The new French EU commissioner’s austerity 'bodyguards'

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Pierre Moscovici en marge d'un Eurogroupe à Bruxelles, en mars 2014, sous l'oeil de Mario Draghi (BCE). ©CE. Pierre Moscovici en marge d'un Eurogroupe à Bruxelles, en mars 2014, sous l'oeil de Mario Draghi (BCE). ©CE.

France’s Pierre Moscovici has been named as the new European Union commissioner for economic and monetary affairs in Brussels. At first glance it appears a clear-cut triumph for President François Hollande who has installed his former finance minister in a key economic post at the heart of the EU despite German opposition. It is also a sign that the new European Commission president Claude Juncker wants to display his independence from German chancellor Angela Merkel. But as Ludovic Lamant reports, Juncker has also shaken up the Commission's structure and placed two economic hawks alongside the French commissioner. Some observers believe their main role is to stop the French “social democrat” being too soft on member countries struggling to cut their deficits – and in particular France.

France slashes growth forecasts and says will miss 2014 deficit target

Finance minister says growth for 2014 will be 0.5% - half the original forecast - as figures show French economy stagnant in second quarter.

Germany rejects Hollande plea to help growth

French president's call for Germany to do more to encourage economic growth in France is rebuffed by Angela Merkel’s spokeswoman.

French and German leaders commemorate 100th anniversary of World War One

Presidents Francois Hollande and Joachim Gauck laid wreathes at Hartmannswillerkopf to mark centenary of Germany's declaration of war.

France and Germany honour the first fallen soldiers of the Great War

French soldier and German officer died in exchange of fire on August 2nd, 1914, one day before Germany formally declared war on France.

A 1982 clash revived as France and Germany meet in World Cup

Challenge by German goalkeeper that broke French defender's jaw but went unpunished still raises anger and emotion in France 32 years later.

French city of Nice bans foreign flags before Algeria match

The right-wing mayor Christian Estrosi announced ban until end of tournament following riots after the last two Algerian games.