Rachida Dati, France’s glamorous former justice minister, has hit back at the state auditor after it refused to pay for almost €9,000 (₤6,500) her ministry spent on luxury clothes, scarves, “gifts”, restaurants and patisserie while she was in office.
The Cour des Comptes ruled that the state should not pay for Hermes scarves, ties and other items, and also rejected a further €180,000 Dati’s ministry spent on “communication consulting” between 2007 and 2010, most of it going to a company run by a friend of Nicolas Sarkozy, then the French president.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel exhorted European nations to unite in overcoming the region’s challenges after a year of crises.
“2015 was an unbelievable year, difficult to imagine,” Merkel told her Christian Democratic party members at the start of a two-day conference in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Merkel reaffirmed her position that the region must work together to overcome its worst refugee crisis since World War II and called on party members to support a resolution that calls for reducing the influx into Germany while rejecting a cap on migrants.
Elmau Castle (Germany) (AFP) - Flaring tensions between Greece and its creditors were set to dominate a G7 summit in Germany Sunday, amid fears the debt-wracked country could crash out of the euro and rock the world economy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to size up her election-year strategy Monday after a bitter defeat to the centre-left opposition in a cliffhanger state poll. In one of the tightest state races in recent memory, the Social Democrats and the Greens Sunday eked out a one-seat majority in Lower Saxony over the incumbent coalition of Merkel's Christian Democrats with the Free Democrats.
German chancellor Angela Merkel says the Merkozy treaty is not renegotiable.
There is just one "slight" hitch: France has not signed the treaty and will not sign the treaty unless it is reworked says François Hollande who on May 6 will in all likelihood replace Nicolas Sarkozy as president of France.
Moreover, Hollande's demands have gotten steeper and steeper as he inches closer to election.
The EU Observer reports France to hold jobs summit as unemployment hits 12-year high
A sharp rise in France's unemployment figures is putting pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy to deliver, with over half the French population wanting the candidates for the spring presidential election to focus their energies on maintaining jobs.
French president-elect François Hollande has launched a preemptive attack blaming outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy for the huge budget deficit of France.
Given Hollande wants to tax millionaires 75%, I find it quite ironic that Hollande blames the problem on "hidden taxes" of Sarkozy.
Please consider Brussels raises alert over French deficit
BRUSSELS/ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from lawmakers on Saturday for painful reforms but it remained unclear it would be enough to secure a bailout from German and other Euro zone ministers meeting in Brussels. But austerity-minded Germany holds the keys to the outcome, and a EU leader and two other sources gave no more than a 50-50 chance that a make-or-break European summit Sunday would approve a deal.