Environmental Groups Respond to European Commission Climate Change Proposal

Last week the European Commission outlined its new policy proposal concerning renewable energy for 2030. European Commission president José Manuel Barroso announced the plan to reduce emissions to 40% of 1990 levels, compensated by increased investment in renewable energy. With this plan, renewable energy should account for 27% of the European Union’s energy by 2030. […]

EU Reconsiders Its Financial Aid To The Palestinian Authority

Earlier this week, a European Union official in Brussels declared that the union could cut off its financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if ongoing peace talks with Israel fail. The question was raised at a meeting last Tuesday, suggesting that funds could be redirected to other countries in the region, such as Syria. The […]

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 […]

Keeping Personal Information Private: Europe responds to NSA Overseas Surveillance

The United States NSA, National Security Agency, has not only been keeping track of business at home, but has expanded its network overseas. Recently, Europeans have discovered Prism, an information program put in place by the NSA to scan communications on various online websites, such as Google, Facebook, and Skype. These new revelations were reported […]

Expansion of the Schengen Area to Include Bulgaria and Romania

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 24 France’s opposition to the expansion of the Schengen area to include Bulgaria and Romania. Both countries, which entered the European Union in 2007, have officially integrated into the EU and have met all preconditions set by the Schengen agreement to become a part of this passport […]

G-20 Leaders Proved Divided on Syria, United in Efforts to Curtail Tax Evasion

Leaders from around the world gathered in St. Petersburg this past week for the 2013 Group of 20 (G-20) Summit. The largest debate of the two-day meeting centered around the use of military force in Syria, discussed as a means to deter Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons. The international attitude towards the issue […]

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 […]

Hollande’s Government Cautiously Moves Towards Pension Reform

In a televised presentation aired August 27, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced the planned reform of the pension system. However as much as European officials and others in France have called for structural reform of the system, the consensus is that the socialist government’s reform is cautious. Because a system of social protections is […]

French Government ordered by court to rethink ban on Mercedes-Benz vehicles

The manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars has found itself in the middle of a legal battle with the French government after the environmental ministry stopped registering cars whose air-conditioning coolant does not comply with the European Union’s regulations. The scandal erupted when Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, became the third German firm to reject the refrigerant called HFO-1234yf, a […]

Young, Wild, and French: Why Don’t We Leave the Country Straight Away?

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times published an article entitled “The Best Hope for France’s Young? Get Out”, relaying a French controversy triggered by a column published by Libération in 2012, inviting the young French to leave their country and its “gerontocracy”, to find jobs and fresh ideas elsewhere. If there is one […]