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  • 23.09.2020
Can the French economy be fixed?

Can the French economy be fixed?

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On a path of profound transformation - that's the promise of President Emmanuel Macron to reform the jobs market in France.

Major proposals have been unveiled aimed at reviving the second-largest economy in the eurozone.

Following years of stagnation, the government wants to reduce unemployment, limit the power of trade unions and make it easier for companies to create jobs.
‘Sufficient progress’ in Brexit talks

Trade union leaders are opposing making it easier to "hire and fire" workers - and what they say is an attack on employee rights and social welfare.

That fighting talk will test Macron's ability to force change when his predecessors failed.

And with his popularity already waning after less than four months in power, the likely showdown is a further risk to the popularity of the youngest-ever president of France.
Northern Ireland crisis risks economy and UK unity

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Nicholas Vinocur - Politico journalist
British PM faces Brexit backlash

Charles Lichfield - European affairs analyst

Jacques Reland - Head of European research, Global Policy Institute

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