FEPS Fresh Thinking

By Ernst Stetter, FEPS Secretary General and Judit Tanczos, FEPS Policy Advisor “Nobody in Brussels could have been surprised by the 2015 tragedies.” – states the FEPS policy brief European Migration Agenda: Quo Vadis? Indeed they followed the equally terrible catastrophes of 2013 and 2014, which pushed migration to the top of the political agenda… » read more

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Give Greece a chance!

The John Lennon song “Give peace a chance” is an appeal for staying together and being strong when times are difficult. At the moment, we are in such a situation in Europe. Nobody knows exactly what it means if by Sunday no deal is reached between the European Union and Greece. We are in the… » read more

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Call to Europe on Greece

Five long years after the beginning of the crisis, it is truer than ever that the cliché of an ancient tragedy can aptly describe the state of affairs regarding Greece and its place in the European family. Indeed, following the announcement by Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras of his intention to call a referendum on… » read more

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This week could be a turning point for climate and energy policy in Europe. The Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic announced the strategy for Energy Union alongside a Climate communication from the European Commission on the ‘road to Paris’ and a Communication reporting on the electricity interconnection target of 10 percent. According to the… » read more

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The debate on Greece and how a solution can be found is causing more and more problems. The public opinion in Northern Europe is influenced by the “pacta sunt servanda” approach, meaning Greece has to fulfil all commitments so far signed. In Southern Europe – especially in Portugal, but also in Spain – it is… » read more

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Last week, I was asked to discuss the potential lessons for the European Union from the Nordic Models at the Nordic Labour Movement congress SAMAK. For me, three points seem essential: First: Freedom and prosperity needs to be created through opportunities and challenges! Democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law remain guiding principles… » read more

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The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gave a speech this week on the general policies to implement in the country to overcome the crisis and to implement an economic policy in order to foster growth and reduce the high unemployment rate in France. The content of the speech was submitted to a confident vote in… » read more

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The day after the official presentation of the new European commission by the President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker, the press remains ambiguous in its analyses. Some have praised the audacity to try a new structure with the designation of the 7 Vice-presidents, while the mergers and splits within some of the portfolios are still quite incomprehensible. Others… » read more

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Yesterday’s decision of the European Central Bank to cut its key interest rate below zero and the other measures announced are more than a European way of the U.S. Quantitative Easing (QE). The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0,15% and its deposit rate from zero to minus 0,1%. The European Central bank is… » read more

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Two days after the European elections the European parliamentarians took the initiative. The leaders of the groups in the European Parliament met and agreed to propose Jean-Claude Juncker as candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. The European Council, convoked by its president Hermann van Rompuy for yesterday night, was stunned by this quick… » read more

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