Keyword: Sigmar Gabriel

France and Germany in united critical stand over Trump refugee ban

Germany's newly appointed foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel made his first official trip to meet with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris on Saturday, when the two men said US president Donald Trump's four-month ban on refugees from entering his country 'can only worry us' and goes against western values.

German, Spanish leaders warn French elections may prompt end of EU

This spring's presidential elections in France, in which the far-right Front National candidate Marine Le Pen is tipped to reach the second-round playoff, has the potential to set in train the victories of other anti-EU parties in elections across Europe warned Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Europe's 'secret hand' in France's divisive labour law

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Crucial meeting? French and German finance and economy ministers meeting in Berlin, October 2014. © france-allemagne.fr Crucial meeting? French and German finance and economy ministers meeting in Berlin, October 2014. © france-allemagne.fr

The French government’s labour law reform bill, now being debated in the Senate, has prompted fierce opposition from several trades unions, massive demonstrations across the country, and a deep political and social crisis. Opinion polls show a majority of the population are opposed to the bill, which reduces current protection for employees with measures that include easing conditions for firing staff and placing a ceiling on compensation sums awarded by industrial tribunals. But the government is adamant it will not negotiate the bill's contents. Martine Orange investigates the reasons for its unusual intransigence, and discovers evidence that the most controversial texts of the bill were demanded by European Union economic liberals.

French and German economy ministers call for radical integration of eurozone

Emmanuel Macron and Sigmar Gabriel publish a joint op-ed calling for a common treasury for the eurozone with power to set taxation policies.