EU intends to change EU accession method to appease France

EU intends to change EU accession method to appease France

The EU is set to propose ways to modify the accession procedures for countries entering the bloc in a bid to placate France, but Brussels cautioned Tuesday (4 February) that any changes won’t be major ones. On Wednesday the European Commission is set to unveil proposals to modify the accession process, a project set in motion after Paris blocked the opening of membership negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania, angering many of its EU partners. But an EU spokeswoman said there would be no major changes to the conditions of…

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Paris strives to become Europe’s main financial center in the post-Brexit world

Paris strives to become Europe’s main financial center in the post-Brexit world

London is currently Europe’s leading financial centre but the French authorities dream of seeing Paris in the lead. However, it remains to be seen if the City will lose access to European markets after the UK-EU negotiations this year. French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said this week that “Paris [was] going to become the leading financial centre” in Europe, which appears more of a statement of intent rather than fact. Financial services account for about 7% of the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) and are concentrated mainly in London,…

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Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

Ewald Lien: football rebel for the sake of the future

German football veteran Ewald Lienen is convinced that football is political and bears social responsibility. Today, the technical director of FC St. Pauli is committed to climate protection, and not only on the pitch. Lienen shows like none other in Germany that football and social commitment go together. “I’ve always been a rebel” is how the professional footballer titled his biography. Since the beginning of his career, Lienen has used his celebrity status to draw attention to societal issues – right up until today. Lienen, now 66, fights for climate…

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