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Macron and Le Pen battle it out to woo blue-collar workers

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France's Undecided: Anti-Le Pen vote no longer a given (part 1)

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France's Undecided: Anti-Le Pen vote no longer a given (part 2)

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LGBT survivors of torture in Chechnya speak out

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Lebanon: Activists ramp up pressure over rape law

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Film show: 'Django', 'The Paris Opera' and 'Manhattan'

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Is Emmanuel Macron acting overly confident?

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Trump vs Trudeau: Rising trade tensions between US and Canada

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Politicians, activists and researchers debate the issues facing the EU and a 'guest of the week' offers their insight in a long-format interview that gets to the heart of the matter. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2016-10-24

Belgian region defies EU over CETA free trade deal

The region of Wallonia in Belgium is holding out on signing a deal that heads of state from all of the EU's 28 countries say would boost business and create jobs. CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada, was negotiated between 2009 and 2014 and was scheduled to be signed by October 27th.

The EU Commission says it would be the EU's most comprehensive trade deal to date, creating jobs, potentially boosting the EU's economy by 12 billion euros a year and Canada's by $9 billion annually. Wallonia’s President Paul Magnette says the main concern is the Investment Dispute system in the deal that sees a supranational court system set up.

Italy’s Europe Minister, Sandro Gozi, and the co-chair of the Greens in the EU Parliament, Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts, give us their opposing views on the deal.

>> On France24.com: David vs Goliath? Small Belgium region leaves EU-Canada trade deal in crisis

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2017-04-22 Turkish Cypriots

Greek Cypriot negotiator: 'We regret that Turkey is distancing itself from Europe'

Our guest is Andreas Mavroyiannis, the Republic of Cyprus’s top diplomat for the peace process with the Turkish Cypriots. "We would have liked [Turkey’s EU] accession process to...

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2017-04-22 Donald Trump

Trump's intervention in Syria: How should the EU respond?

Dutch Green MEP Bas Eickhout and Michael Kulbickas, Belgium Chair of Republicans Overseas, go head to head over Donald Trump's actions in Syria and his recent executive order...

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2017-04-14 Germany

Top EU diplomat: ‘Germany is looking for a strong partner in France’

Our guest in this edition is a close associate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Elmar Brok is head of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. In the light of the...

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2017-04-14 France

French election seen from Europe

MEPs tell us of their hopes and fears about the French presidential election. Faced with anti-establishment movements in their own countries, most of our panelists argue that...

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2017-04-08 technology

Robots: The workers of tomorrow?

The European Parliament is taking an interest in robots. The workers of the future are already among us and MEPs want to legislate on them as soon as possible. Some of the...

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