As in the UK, France’s capital and surrounding areas have enjoyed a disproportionate share of the country’s wealth, accounting for just over 30 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product and 18.2 per cent of its population. And as in the UK, the politicians are always talking about regional development and spreading the wealth,
China’s plan to resurrect its 2,000 year-old Silk Road trading route is bringing much-needed foreign investment to the Balkans, but Beijing’s growing soft power is undermining European Union influence in the region and threatens to set standards of business conduct that fall below the West’s expectations.
Applications for British citizenship from the 14 “original” EU member countries including Germany, France and Italy have more than tripled since the year before the Brexit referendum, analysis has revealed. Home Office data show that just under 14,000 nationals from the so-called EU14 group applied for citizenship in the year to June 2017, compared with