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Some points on the German elections 1. Success for Angela Merkel’s personalisation of German elections! Without doubt – this election result on Sunday represents a success for the playing out of the persona of Angela Merkel but this is not a victory for the party. The strategy of her campaigners paid off. The SPD did… » read more

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Coming back from summer – the time of year when I spend most time with nature and appreciate the best things in life – I was quite astonished at the rate at which we are destroying Mother Nature. And for what benefit? There seem to be so many ‘environmental’ issues at the moment, which are… » read more

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Last week, the European Council gave a clear sign that the EU is back in the Sixties. The heads of state are not willing to go further in sharing sovereignty and concede more power to the European institutions. Europe as it currently functions is not a Europe shaped with regard to the challenges ahead. It… » read more

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In a conference organised by Policy Network in London this week, Lord Tony Giddens argued, in a session I had the honour to chair, that the problems we are facing at the moment are not just European but also global. The key question facing Europe, as well as the US, China, India and Africa, is… » read more

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A lot has been written in recent years since the crisis started about values and the European Social Model. Although funnily enough, most of these are the same values as they were over a century ago in the progressive movement and are still very relevant today. The European Union states six core values in its… » read more

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At the Brussels forum of the German Marshall Fund I chaired a debate on the role of Germany in Europe. 10 years ago the Schröder government undertook painful reforms in Germany – called Agenda 2010. The overall aim of the reform was to make the labour market more flexible or “fitter” for the globalisation. The… » read more

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The decision last night of the European Union to cap the bankers’ bonuses is a true step in the right direction to regulate the financial markets. Today’s harsh reaction of the City of London shows clearly how necessary this decision was and how outraged these so-called elite-bankers are. This strong opposition has also been supported… » read more

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by Ernst Stetter and Giovanni Cozzi Last week the EU and the US promised to complete talks on a new free trade agreement within the next two years. If this agreement goes ahead it will unite two trading partners that account for almost half of the world economic output and of 30% of world trade.… » read more

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Ernst Stetter and Giovanni Cozzi (Economic Advisor at FEPS) Europe needs to abandon its focus on austerity in order to overcome the recession and to build modern and effective economic governance! This call has now been embraced by several leading politicians across Europe. From President François Hollande, who campaigned against spending cuts and in favour… » read more

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Ernst Stetter and Giovanni Cozzi (Economic Adviser at FEPS) Youth unemployment has become one of the most crucial economic and social issues in Europe since the outburst of the ongoing financial and economic crisis. Several European countries are experiencing extremely high levels of youth unemployment. For instance, in 2011 countries like Spain, Greece, and Italy… » read more

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