EU Investigation Puts Corporate Tax Evasion Under Scrutiny

Joaquín Almunia. 
Photo: Flickr.com/Friends of Europe

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 […]

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

The European Court of Justice in Strasbourg has handed down a suspension of a French Council of State ruling. Photo: CherryX for Wikimedia Commons.

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 […]

Strong Far-Right Turnout Signals Presidential Possibilities for Le Pen

Marine Le Pen.
Photo: http://www.commons.wikimedia.org/ Marine_Le_Pen_-_Chess

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 […]

Emphasis on Computer Programming Education Gathers Steam in France and Abroad

Students learn computer programming at a school Berlin, Germany. Photo: CayCee for flickr.

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 […]

European Elections: Eurosceptics Rise All Over Europe, Lead in France

And the award for best Eurosceptic polling in the 2014 European election goes to… France! Perhaps this could be a consolation after France’s catastrophic results in the continental singing contest Eurovision – France finished dead last, scoring two points against Austria’s 290 – because, apart from this shameful record, there was nothing worth celebrating in […]

UKIP Success in European Parliament Elections

There is talk of a political earthquake across Europe after the European Parliament elections that came to a close on Sunday. The vote distribution was quite the success story for the far-right parties in most member states, notably France and the UK, where Marine Le Pen’s Front National (FN) and Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party […]

Far-Right FN Leads in French EU Electoral Results

Euroskeptics : FN (National Front) 25% (23-25 seats) Conservatives : UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) 20% Social-democrats : PS 14% Liberals : UDI/Modem 10% Greens : EELV 8% Radical left : FG 6% Participation is around 39%, up five points from 2009.

Final Day of EP Elections Arrives

EU Parliament chamber in Strasbourg, France. Photo: jeffowenphotos for Wikimedia Commons

400 million people can vote in the European Parliament (EP) election, taking place across the European Union from May 22 to May 25. The only democratically elected institution in the European Union, the EP brings together the 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) from the 28 states, who will not only set the course of European […]

French Government Concerned with its Citizens’ Involvement in Syria

The Flag of the Jihad.
Wikimedia Commons

Following the release of a group of French journalists from a Syrian prison, the issue of French citizens leaving the country to “faire le djihad” has been brought to the public’s attention. The hostages were released on April 20 after 10 months of captivity. During a debriefing by the Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure […]

Back to the Polls? French Abstentions Threaten Fledgling Party in European Parliamentary Elections

EU Parliament chamber in Strasbourg, France. Photo: jeffowenphotos for Wikimedia Commons

The French media recently stopped publishing stories about the national Municipal Elections. One of the primary topics of this coverage was the unprecedented 36.45% abstention rate. In barely over a month French citizens will be called to the polls again to elect the European Parliament, but in these latter elections abstentions are the norm. The […]

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