Member States


    • French 'yellow vests' defy again Macron

      French 'yellow vests' defy again Macron

      Thousands of “yellow vest” protesters marched in Paris and other French cities on Saturday in protests that brought several clashes with police and suggested that President Emmanuel Macron has a lot more to do in order to defuse public discontent. On the 11th consecutive weekend of action against the government, 69,000 people took to the streets, including 4,000 in Paris, the interior ministry said, down from an estimated 84,000 demonstrators across the country last Saturday.

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    • France's yellow vest  movement eyes EP vote

      France's yellow vest movement eyes EP vote

      France's anti-government “yellow vest” protesters are going to put forward a list of candidates to run in European Parliament elections, it was announced last Wednesday. “The citizen movement … has shown the need to transform the anger into a political project capable of giving answers to the French people who have supported it,” the loosely grouped movement said in a statement.

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    • EU tax gap exceeds €825bn annually

      EU tax gap exceeds €825bn annually

      The EU tax gap resulting from largely domestic tax evasion could be as high as €825bn a year, with up to €190bn also lost through corporate tax avoidance, a new report from the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament shows. The figures are based on research by Richard Murphy, director of Tax Research and professor of practice in international political economy at City, University of London, who analysed data published by individual member states.

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    • Romanian justice minister to invalidate graft cases

      Romanian justice minister to invalidate graft cases

      Romania's Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced last Monday that he has prepared an emergency decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving the country's most senior officials, news wires reported. The move could lead to the suspension of trials and verdicts, including in the case of Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the ruling Social Democrats, who has twice been convicted but denies wrongdoing. Toader is to meet with PM Viorica Dancila to discuss the step.

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    • France, Germany strengthen ties ahead of Brexit

      France, Germany strengthen ties ahead of Brexit

      The leaders of France and Germany signed a new treaty on 22 January to update their 1963 post-war reconciliation accord, aiming to reinvigorate the EU’s main axis and counter growing eurosceptic nationalism among some other members. At a warm ceremony in the German border city of Aachen, a historical symbol of European concord, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sought to show they are ready to give fresh leadership to the troubled EU project.

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