Pascal Lamy Doubts Trade Sanctions Against Russia’s Putin Will Change Much

As the US and the EU consider tougher, coordinated  economic sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and possible, similar plans for  other Russian-speaking regions, Pascal Lamy, who stepped down as head of the World Trade Organization last autumn, told members March 24 that sanctions have not worked in most previous cases and doubts they will work now.
“Sanctions did work against South Africa’s apartheid policies and Iran’s military nuclear program, but they rarely work,” Lamy said at the headquarters of the Notre Europe think tank he helped establish. He …

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[2 Apr 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
Airbus CEO Hits Out at Boeing Over Subsidies

Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Brégier slammed Boeing Co when he met with the AAPA on March 20, saying Boeing’s planned 777X wide-body airliner is the most subsidised aircraft in the world.
The E.U. and the U.S. have been at loggerheads for years over claims and counter-claims of unfair subsidies for their commercial aircraft building champions, and are engaged in a protracted dispute inside the World Trade Organization that will take years to resolve. For its part, Boeing claims that Airbus benefits from easy-terms aircraft program launch aid from the European states …


[17 Mar 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
NKM Briefs The AAPA on Her Plans for Paris

Right-wing candidate for Mayor of Paris, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (NKM), was the latest local, political figure to meet with the AAPA ahead of the March municipal elections and explain her positions on issues varying from transport to housing, ecology, taxes and security.
Around 20 of our members went to NKM’s campaign headquarters in the 2nd arrondissement on Feb. 27 for what turned out to be an informative, stimulating meeting. I was at times a challenging one for her as she fielded questions on issues ranging from local traffic management in the 14th …


[3 Feb 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
Paris Mayor Hopeful Makes Waves With London Comments

Socialist Anne Hidalgo, running hard to become Paris’ first female mayor, created headlines in France and abroad with barbed comments about London when she met with the AAPA at her campaign headquarters Jan. 17.
During a lively meeting with 25 AAPA members, the popular first deputy mayor defended the track record of outgoing mayor Bertrand Delanoé, who she pledged to follow if elected. In the discussion, she touched on a broad range of issues, including tourism, dog poo on sidewalks, car parking, French rudeness, petty crime, security, shopping and business start-ups.
With …


[3 Feb 2014 | par AAPA France | ]
Le Pen Predicts the Demise of “Bi-polar” Politics in France

It was a classic performance by Marine Le Pen when she met with the AAPA on Jan. 19.
Ever-combative and dynamic but with a twist of selective moderation that fits the new image of the National Front leader as she tries to reshape the image of her far-right party, she is embarking on a skilful marketing campaign ahead of upcoming French municipal and European elections.
Ms. Le Pen, who took over from her father, Jean-Marie, three years ago as party leader, served up almost three-hours of well-rehearsed and smooth rhetoric to some …


[26 Dec 2013 | par AAPA France | ]

Former Culture Minister and recently-appointed President of the Arab World Institute (IMA), Jack Lang hosted some 30 members of the AAPA at the IMA on Dec. 17 for an interesting and stimulating visit that included a 90-minute question-and-answer session with Lang, himself.
The enthusiastic AAPA group was firstly treated to some historical explanations on the make-up and evolution of the 22-nation Arab world and then to a guided tour of parts of the building, including an introductory look at the renovated museum.
Mr. Lang then invited members to the 9th-floor restaurant of …