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French government to meet transportation strikers next week

In this image, a large crowd of French protestors raise flags amid smoke
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French government officials will begin talks with labor unions on Tuesday to end the country's longest transport stoppage since the mid-1980s.

Why it matters: It's been 29 days since transportation workers in France started striking in protest of President Macron's proposal to overhaul the pension system.

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Russia has strong hand to play at Paris meeting on eastern Ukraine

protestors at night in a public square in Kiev
Ukrainians gather outside the Presidential Office building in Kiev ahead of the Normandy Four summit in Paris. Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A group of European leaders meeting in Paris on Monday aims to revive progress on terms for peace in eastern Ukraine, an effort that has largely stalled since the second Minsk agreement was signed in February 2015.

Why it matters: It’s the first such meeting in more than three years among France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia — the so-called Normandy Four. Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the talks with his greatest leverage yet, which does not bode well for Ukraine.