French, Dutch join forces to urge EU to show teeth on trade

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PARIS (Reuters) – France and the Netherlands have joined forces to urge the European Union to enforce environmental and labour standards more forcefully with countries the bloc signs trade deals with, according to a document seen by Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for a working lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

The initiative comes as the EU tries to negotiate a new trade deal with Britain, which formally left the bloc on Jan. 31, amid concerns that it might seek to undercut EU labour

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Big Mac at a distance: Dutch McDonald’s trials virus-proof restaurant

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Big Macs delivered on meal trolleys, hand sanitizers at the entrance and designated waiting spots to separate customers could become a feature of McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands when they are allowed to reopen.

A man takes a number at a prototype location of fast food giant McDonald’s for restaurants which respect the 1.5m social distancing measure, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Arnhem, Netherlands, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

In a trial at a restaurant in the city of Arnhem, McDonald’s has been looking for ways to maintain social distancing when the coronavirus

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Air France-KLM CEO bonus incompatible with state aid: Dutch Finance minister

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FILE PHOTO: Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra attends a joint news conference with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, France, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) must scrap all of Chief Executive Ben Smith’s bonus payments for this year if it wants to secure state aid, Dutch Finance minister Wopke Hoekstra said on Thursday.

“Bonuses in these times of crisis are unwise and incompatible with support funded by taxpayers’ money”, Hoekstra told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Documents filed by Air France-KLM last week showed criteria

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