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Only two weeks after the European elections, I have the feeling that most people have turned away from the Brussels process of appointing the next President of the European Commission. There may be many reasons for this, but I think that at least one of these is that the process is particularly unclear and not… » read more

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Last week our national leaders met for dinner to discuss the results of the European elections. As at many family dinners there were quite a few hot issues to be discussed and no solutions were found by dessert. The nomination of the next President of the European Commission – earlier in the day, the presidents… » read more

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I was born on May 9, the day of the European Union. But I feel that I was made European for other reasons – decided by member states themselves in 1992. Last week I was on a train with three friends from the village where I live who were passionately debating the Belgian federal and… » read more

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Last week we were at the meeting of Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs. One thing struck me during our 24 hours in Athens: a key argument included in our contribution that “member states with good social welfare policies are among the most competitive and prosperous countries in the world” was supported by other participants.… » read more

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Limitless competition?

We are in Greece today to address the ministers of Employment and Social Affairs during their informal EPSCO meeting. At a time when the crisis is still producing its worst effects such as poverty and unemployment, we come to our political representatives with a crystal clear message: EU countries need to put in place adequate… » read more

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Last week was the last European Parliament session before the European elections in May. It may have been the last session but it cannot be said that there was much free time for farewells. Our elected European representatives had to vote on, among others, a banking union, bank accounts, aid from the European Union Solidarity… » read more

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