EU, United States, strike accord on derivatives regulation

BRUSSELS, July 11 (UPI) -- U.S. and European finance regulators said Thursday they have reached agreement on shared rules for the derivatives market.

Europe falls a bit short on transparency

BRUSSELS, June 13 (UPI) -- Members of the European Union can do more to ensure transparency in the extractive industries, the European commissioner for internal market and services said.

EP panel OKs stricter reporting rules for extractive industries

BRUSSELS, June 3 (UPI) -- Oil and gas companies would have to disclose more details of payments made to national governments under legislation backed by European Parliament committee.

EU locks step with Dodd-Frank

BRUSSELS, April 10 (UPI) -- A European decision on the extractive industries will bring a "new era of transparency" to an industry that often escapes scrutiny, an EU commissioner said.
Jack Lew to press for stimulus in Europe

Jack Lew to press for stimulus in Europe

BRUSSELS, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's two-day trip to Europe will center on increasing demand to stimulate the global economy, a senior official said.

French dis-connection

PARIS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The downgrading of its debt by Moody's led to a further downgrade of the eurozone's two bailout funds. France is becoming part of the euro's problem, rather than part of a solution.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Obama to push 'immediate' euro rescue plan

Obama to push 'immediate' euro rescue plan

BERLIN, June 7 (UPI) -- Europe has weeks to save the euro and must create an "immediate" rescue plan, the United States and Britain plan to tell Germany Thursday, Britain said.

White House: New moves ahead to save euro

BRUSSELS, June 6 (UPI) -- Europe will likely soon step up its effort to overcome the euro crisis, the White House said, as Spain said it could no longer save its banking system alone.

The euro's new rules

BASEL, Switzerland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The euro crisis grinds on but we have learned some useful and long-denied realities.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Euro crisis turns surreal

PARIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The euro crisis is becoming surreal, in that everything that possibly could go wrong is now doing so, all at once.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

EU commissioner proposes a bank tax

BRUSSELS, May 26 (UPI) -- The European Union commissioner for internal markets proposed an international effort to tax banks to avoid future taxpayer bailouts.

French fishermen call off blockade

PARIS, April 16 (UPI) -- French fishermen called off a blockade of English Channel ferry ports Thursday after the government said it would release $5 million to support the industry.

EU rejects U.S. poultry, maintains ban

BRUSSELS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- European Union agriculture ministers have voted to keep United States poultry out of European market because of U.S. cleaning practices.
Food crisis multidimensional, analysts say

Food crisis multidimensional, analysts say

UNITED NATIONS, April 27 (UPI) -- The rise in worldwide food prices left traders in Chicago scrambling to keep up with orders and Egyptians rioting for bread, economists say.
France's food fight

France's food fight

LONDON, April 16 (UPI) -- France has fought a stubborn and increasingly desperate rearguard action for the past 30 years to protect its farmers against the competition of world markets through the mechanism of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy. But the answer to food shortages is fewer tariffs and more competition for farmers everywhere to sell wherever they can.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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Michel Barnier
French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier views an upcoming exhibition at a new museum in Yad Vashem during his visit to Israel on October 18, 2004. (UPI Photo/David Blumenfeld/POOL)

Michel Barnier (born 9 January 1951) is a French politician of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP). He was named Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries on June 18, 2007 and resigned on June 7, 2009 after being elected to the European Parliament.

Michel Barnier was born in La Tronche in the Isère département of the Rhône-Alpes région, in France. He graduated from ESCP Europe in 1972. Member of the staff of some Gaullist ministers in the 1970s, he was elected to the French National Assembly at 27 as a deputy for the Savoie département in 1978, under the banner of the Neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic (RPR) and served in this function until 1993.

Together with Jean-Claude Killy he organised the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville as co-president of the COJO (Comité d'Organisation des Jeux Olympiques).

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