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Yesterday the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas delivered a ground breaking speech in Berlin on how Europe should hold up its values and policies in a world radicalised by nationalism, populism and chauvinism, expressed by the US president and its behaviours. We have to concede that the world of multilateralism, constructed since World War II… » read more

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I was quite surprised to see this weekend the “En Marche movement” of French President Emmanuel Macron is launching its European extension with activities in some of the member states, mainly in the Benelux Countries with a lighthouse event in Brussels in front of the European Parliament.   Is this a mind-blowing challenge for the… » read more

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First of all the SPD got a very good result from the long negotiation process in deciding which party gets which ministry portfolio. SPD will hold the most important ones – Finance, Foreign affairs, Justice, Environment, Social affairs and Family, Youth and Senior Citizens affairs. It is also a positive sign that European policies are… » read more

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On December 6, the European Commission presented the long-awaited package for the deepening of the European Economic and Monetary Union. In a debate we organised at FEPS to gather first reactions to the proposal, a member of the European Parliament put forward the right questions: how should it be explained to people in the different… » read more

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Social Europe – Finally?

Today’s gathering in Gothenburg might be a real advancement for Social Europe and for prioritising the social and welfare concerns of European citizens. Let us remind ourselves that on November 16th 1997 the then prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean Claude Juncker, held the first European summit on social issues. This summit should have been the… » read more

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It’s the culture, stupid!

Almost two weeks after the federal elections, Germans are still searching for explanations for the soar-away success of the far-right AfD (alternative für Deutschland) and the sour decline of the two main parties, the CDU and the SPD. In his remarkable speech on the occasion of the national commemoration of the German unification on October… » read more

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Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique opportunity for Europe to review the path of what has been achieved so far and to look for future endeavours to undertake. The purpose of today’s blog is not to comment again on this. There has been enormous debate in recent… » read more

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On Wednesday 1st March 2017, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his ‘White Paper’ on the future of Europe to the European Parliament in Brussels. The White Paper presents a range of scenarios for how the European Union could evolve within the next decade(s). ‘What future do we want for ourselves, for our children and… » read more

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We all know there will be a number of crucial decisions taken in 2017. And we have to re-think how the European project continues in-line with the upcoming negotiations.   Let us remind ourselves that we are celebrating 60 years of the Treaty of Rome this year. This marks the moment of Europe coming together,… » read more

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Two basic lessons from the regional elections in Germany There are clearly two basic lessons in which we can learn from last Sunday’s elections in Germany about how to compete with the worrying, increasing trend of right wing populists: Lesson N° 1 – It’s the candidate, stupid! Lesson N° 2 – It’s coherence, stupid! These… » read more

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It is natural that, after giving birth to a child, all parents want their newborns to have a good, healthy, productive and fruitful life. In that respect it is not surprising that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have the same feelings and emotions. In an open letter posted on Facebook yesterday and… » read more

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Post by Charlotte Billingham. FEPS Executive Advisor. On the opening of the COP21 today we are reminded about how solutions to climate change are inextricably linked to other issues. Seeing the thousands of pairs of shoes yesterday in Place de la République calling on leaders as they’re arriving into Paris to take action on climate… » read more

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  – As Immanuel Kant in 1795 already stipulated, universal hospitality and Human Rights had to be at the centre of every evolving asylum and refugee policy. Upholding European values starts with the unambiguous acknowledgement for refugees and asylum seekers of legal obligations under international conventions ratified by the EU and its Member States. Beyond… » read more

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