European Union

New Sanctions Won’t Block France-Russia Warship Deal

The French government has said that it will push ahead with its warship contract with Russia, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to scrap the deal. The government’s announcement to go ahead with the 1.2 billion euro deal came just before the EU began outlining the new round of sanctions against Russia last week. The French naval defense company DCNS signed a deal with Russian defense exporting company Rosoboronexport in June 2011[Read More…]

EU Investigation Puts Corporate Tax Evasion Under Scrutiny

Apple, Starbucks and Fiat have come under close scrutiny in an investigation by the European Commission over a possible loophole they believe the companies have been exploiting to slash their corporate taxes. The European Commission has launched tax investigations in various EU countries in the past, but this is the first time that specific multinational companies have been targeted. The investigation was launched by the EU Commission’s Vice President and competition regulator Joaquin Almunia, after[Read More…]

European Court of Human Rights Orders France to Maintain Life Support for Tetraplegic

On Tuesday, June 24, the European Court of Human Rights suspended the decision made just a few hours before by French Council of State to end treatment for Vincent Lambert, a 38-year-old tetraplegic man who has been in coma for six years. The Court ordered France to maintain the man’s life support before any final ruling be made. Vincent Lambert has been tetraplegic and in vegetative state after a road accident in 2008. The Council[Read More…]

Strong Far-Right Turnout Signals Presidential Possibilities for Le Pen

The surprisingly strong turnout of the Front Nationale (FN), France’s right-wing conservative party, in last week’s European Parliament elections has some asking a surprising question: could Marine Le Pen be the next president of France. While the presidential elections are far in the future—not set to occur until 2017—the parliamentary elections show that Le Pen’s party is gaining traction with the popular voter base. The FN, previously led by Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie, has rebranded[Read More…]

Emphasis on Computer Programming Education Gathers Steam in France and Abroad

As part of a global trend in the growing importance of the tech sector, France, along with many other European nations, is pushing for the inclusion of computer programming courses in public schools. This education, they argue, is necessary to obtain the jobs of the future, and necessary for young students to stay competitive in a fast-paced, technology driven world. “IT shapes the modern world,” voiced Gérard Berry, professor and academic at the College of[Read More…]