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    1. Brussels Blog

      October 7, 2014

      Moscovici vs Dombrovskis: who's really in charge?

      Latvia's Valdis Dombrovskis was heckled by some MEPs at his hearing on Monday. After six hours of testimony over the last...

    2. October 6, 2014

      Era of tough EU budget cuts has come to an end, MEPs told

      The former Latvian prime minister tapped to oversee eurozone economic policy told European parliamentarians on Monday that...

    1. October 5, 2014

      European parliament kicks back against commission’s nominees

      While pitching to be Europe’s digital chief, Germany’s Günther Oettinger insulted Hollywood victims of hacking for being...

    2. October 2, 2014

      Brussels confirmations descend into bloodletting

      The French Socialist tapped to be the EU’s next economics chief endured a bruising confirmation hearing on Thursday, amid...

    3. October 2, 2014

      Pierre Moscovici endures torrid European Commission hearing

      Pierre Moscovici, the former French finance minister nominated to be the EU’s next economic chief, was forced to fend off...

    4. Brussels Blog

      September 30, 2014

      The leaked Juncker decision on Moscovici

      Pierre Moscovici arrives in Paris for the government's confidence vote earlier this month. One of the most highly...

    5. September 29, 2014

      European Commission head curbs Pierre Moscovici’s proposed powers

      The Frenchman nominated to be Europe’s next economics commissioner has had his authority to review national budgets curbed....

    6. September 16, 2014

      Moscovici will monitor EU budgets while facing his own scrutiny

      If Pierre Moscovici harbours any resentment for the intense campaign waged by the German government against his candidacy...

    7. September 12, 2014

      Eurozone leaders warn on fiscal rules

      Eurozone leaders warned the currency bloc risks facing a new market backlash if it strays from its fiscal rules, an apparent...

    8. Brussels Blog

      September 11, 2014

      The Juncker off-site: Moscovici vs Katainen

      Juncker's "key political challenges" session will feature Ukraine, EU-US trade and budget rules Fresh with their...

    9. September 10, 2014

      France’s Moscovici wins coveted EU economics job but looks isolated

      When Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, gathers his newly minted 27-person team for an...

    10. September 10, 2014

      Top EU economic jobs go to centre-right Juncker allies

      Jean-Claude Juncker, president-elect of the European Commission, has put centre-right allies in key economic posts in the...

    11. Brussels Blog

      May 9, 2014

      French veteran of euro crisis bids au revoir

      After months of speculation, official confirmation finally came on Friday that Ramon Fernandez, one of the central players...

    12. April 2, 2014

      François Hollande boosts left in cabinet reshuffle

      President François Hollande has promoted prominent leftists in his revamped Socialist government days after appointing...

    13. March 31, 2014

      Hollande fires prime minister in bid to relaunch presidency

      French President François Hollande has sacked his prime minister in a bid to revive his flagging administration after a...

    14. January 29, 2014

      France’s PR campaign is missing its target

      Flicking through the television channels recently, I chanced on Pierre Moscovici, the French finance minister, speaking at a...

    15. January 29, 2014

      EU bank reforms set out to reduce complexity and curb speculation

      Big European banks face curbs on betting with their own funds and might be forced to hive off some risky trading under...

    16. The World

      January 28, 2014

      German labour market reforms à la Française

      (Getty) News that François Hollande had a meeting recently with Peter Hartz, architect of Germany’s labour market reforms of...

    17. beyondbrics

      January 27, 2014

      Davos wrap: beware the EM middle class

      What will the EMs next “black swan” be? With the crash of the Argentinian peso, the difficult Syrian peace talks in...

    18. January 24, 2014

      Moody’s holds French debt rating

      France’s socialist government has escaped a feared new sanction by a leading rating agency, 10 days after President François...

    19. January 22, 2014

      You can be both French and fiscally responsible

      The doom-mongers are wrong: France is modernising and reforming. But it is doing so in its own way. The country regularly...

    20. January 5, 2014

      Jack Lew to press Germany to boost domestic demand

      Jack Lew, the US Treasury secretary, will renew pressure on Germany to boost domestic demand and embrace a deeper banking...

    21. Brussels Blog

      December 19, 2013

      EU summit: Will anyone be signing contracts?

      Merkel mentioned the "contractual arrangements" in maiden Bundestag speech of her third term Although the two-day EU summit...

    22. December 10, 2013

      Pierre Moscovici rejects gloomy view of French economy

      Pierre Moscovici, France’s finance minister, unwittingly sparked a national clamour when he acknowledged in August that the...

    23. December 9, 2013

      Germany and France close on banking union deal

      Europe is on the brink of a banking union deal that will bring a “real revolution” to its financial system, France’s finance...

    24. November 14, 2013

      French economic contraction piles pressure on François Hollande

      Figures showing that a nascent recovery in France had stalled in the third quarter was hardly welcome news for President...

    25. Brussels Blog

      September 26, 2013

      Are budgeteers ready for the Rehn treatment?

      Moscovici, left, and Rehn at press conference where Rehn held the new French budget aloft After an hour-long meeting this...

    26. September 18, 2013

      François Hollande admits French taxes are ‘too much’

      When François Hollande came to power last year, his most famous election promise was to impose a 75 per cent tax rate on...

    27. September 11, 2013

      France pledges cuts and curbs on tax rises as deficit overshoots

      France’s government, battling to get a shaky economy back on its feet, has acknowledged it will overshoot its budget deficit...

    28. August 14, 2013

      Hollande has a heavy workload to provide a sustainable recovery

      France’s socialist government on Wednesday doubtless felt more relief than satisfaction after the country’s statistics...

    29. July 23, 2013

      François Hollande’s optimism on growth not shared by supporters

      An outbreak of rioting over France’s controversial burka law banning the full Muslim veil was not the news President...

    30. July 7, 2013

      French far-right marches on as big parties falter

      Tensions between the socialist government of President François Hollande and the French business community boiled over in...

    31. June 30, 2013

      France sells down stake in Aéroports de Paris for €738m

      France has sold a chunk of its shares in Aéroports de Paris for €738m, as part of its programme of reducing state industrial...

    32. May 28, 2013

      France seeks overhaul of planned EU ‘Robin Hood’ tax

      France is agitating for a full overhaul of Europe’s planned financial transaction tax to scale back its reach over...

    33. May 7, 2013

      Differences put aside as Berlin and Paris seek common ground

      Sniping between France and Germany has been almost constant in recent months. In Paris, politicians have accused Berlin of...

    34. April 29, 2013

      French socialists red-faced over anti-German attacks

      François Hollande’s government has sought to distance itself from damaging attacks on Germany from within the ruling...

    35. April 26, 2013

      France moves quickly to cut stake in EADS

      France has moved more quickly than expected to reduce its shareholding in EADS to 12 per cent, cutting political...

    36. April 15, 2013

      French ministers reveal their wealth

      France’s socialist government ministers revealed a catalogue of possessions including Paris apartments, provincial houses,...

    37. April 14, 2013

      French ministers fear ‘caviar left’ tag

      Arnaud Montebourg, France’s leftwing industry minister, has declared a Charles Eames chair he bought for €4,300; the culture...

    38. April 14, 2013

      Germany and France back European tax deal

      Germany and France have thrown their weight behind the adoption of a framework that would facilitate the automatic exchange...

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