Syria’s arms race has accelerated through international pressure

The UK and France’s activism to end the EU arms embargo may have backfired as Assad announces receipt of S-300 missiles The history of conflicts suggests they are easier to escalate than to de-escalate – something events in Syria have demonstrated in abundance over the last few days. Moves by UK and France to end […]


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News story: G8 transparency: UK and France join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

On Wednesday 22 May the Prime Minister and French President, François Hollande, announced that both countries will be signing up to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI was set up to help tackle corruption, to improve the way revenues from oil, gas and minerals are managed and to make sure that people across the […]


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Eurocepticism no bar to close British-French defence ties

• French minister stresses “pragmatic” cooperation• Europe’s two largest military powers could set the pace for other countries Euroscepticism might be spreading across Britain – and other EU countries — but it does not appear to be affecting Britain’s relations with France. At least not in one important area. Far from it. Cooperation between the […]


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The reason France has gone into double-dip recession | Ann Pettifor

This isn’t a uniquely French problem – EU nations of various political hues are in trouble because of a fixation on austerity Today’s BBC headline fairly trumpets the news: “French economy returns to recession”. Funny how we Brits seem happy if our trans-Manche neighbours are doing a wee bit worse than we are. Especially if […]


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