European communication network: viable reaction to NSA scandal?

LONDON. – Angela Merkel has voiced support for a European communication network that would keep out the US. Germany has been pushing the issue of data protection in Europe ever since the NSA scandal first broke. Following revelations that Merkel’s phone had been under surveillance –among 60 million other German calls the NSA had tapped into […]

France and United Kingdom Talk of Military Cooperation

After a series of official visits in the Netherlands, Turkey and the Vatican, French President Francois Hollande travelled to the United Kingdom last Friday to attend the opening of a Franco-British summit in the military base of Brize-Norton, near Oxford. Accompanied by four ministers, including Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, […]

Deals, Concessions in Strive at Coalition Between German CDU and SPD

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has reached a coalition agreement with their opposition party, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). The CDU came short of reaching absolute majority in parliament at the last elections on September 22, and thus were forced to consider a coalition. Their previous partners, the Free Democrats Party (FDP), […]

European Union Passes Budget for 2014 to 2020

After approving the 2014-2020 European budget on November 14 in the European Union’s budget committee, deputies of the EU voted on November 19 in plenary to put the motion into effect on January 1. The budget proposal passed with a vote of 537 to 126 with 19 abstentions. The deal includes a high-level working that uses the […]

St. Petersburg Summit Sees G-20 Split over Syria

Discord and disunity were the orders of the day in St. Petersburg, as the 2013 G-20 summit came and went, with Syria sharply dividing the economic group’s members. French President François Hollande insisted afterwards that the meeting had been a productive one. But Hollande’s optimism could not conceal the summit’s icy environment—particularly between the United […]

Fiscal Evasion a Large Topic of Discussion at EU Summit in Brussels

On Wednesday, May 22nd, Brussels hosted a summit for the leaders of the European Union (EU) states.  France, alongside the UK and Germany, lobbied for the four-hour session to include an in-depth discussion of tax loopholes and evasion within the Eurozone, alongside the scheduled talks on European energy policy ad infrastructure.  These talks were prompted […]

Syria: to Ban or Not to Ban?

On Friday, March 15, France joined Britain in calling to lift the arms embargo on Syria. Two years into the Syrian civil war, European delegates fear that lifting the ban could help escalate the tumultuous situation on the ground. France explained their denunciation of the ban, explaining that France “cannot allow a people to be […]

European Council Announces New Project Budget

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, announced the project budget for 2014-2020 on Friday February 8.  Meeting bi-annually, this body guides the priorities and evolution of the European Union.  Although the Council did not release the specifics for the budget plan, Van Rompuy tweeted that after 24 hours of negotiations it was “worth […]

London Calling? Rumors Swirl of Possible Sarkozy Move

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy may be planning to establish a $1.2 billion private equity firm in London, if rumors are to be believed. Mediapart, a “respected investigative website”—according to U.K. publication The Telegraph—reported this week that documents found in Sarkozy’s Paris residence and offices suggest the former head-of-state is in an “exploratory phase” of […]

National Assembly Adopts 75% Tax, Debates Other Reforms

On September 28, Hollande’s much anticipated financial reforms were presented in the French National Assembly by Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici and Budget Minister Jêrome Cahuzac. Yesterday the National Assembly voted to adopt a law that taxes income above 1 million Euros at 75%, one part of Hollande’s financial reform project. This law represents the first […]