Germany rules out reworking the European Union's 'fiskalpakt' despite calls to do so by Francois Hollande, France's president-elect.
In 2055, the population of France is forecast to match and subsequently overtake that of Germany, currently the largest in western Europe, reports the French National Institute of Demographic Studies, INED. Its study, published March 29th, examines the reasons behind this latest development in what has been a long history of reversing demographic trends between the two countries. It notably finds that while immigration has played but a minor role in the increase of the population in France, the fastest-growing in Europe, it represents a vital element for countering the continued aging and decrease of the population in Germany. Carine Fouteau reports.
France and Germany warn Greece it won't receive new bailout funds next month unless it implements austerity measures imposed by EU and IMF.
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.
Six former SS troops from a division responsible for the massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane, central France, that left 642 dead face murder charges.