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THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

22-03-2015
UKRAINE AT A CROSSROADS: EUROPE OR RUSSIA?

“If the fall of the Soviet Union allowed Ukraine to gain its independence, its successive governments did not broke off with the oligarchic model of governance underpinned by the nomenklatura of the Single Party and organised crime. Falling into misery and deprived of hope in the future, the Ukrainian people rioted when President Viktor Ianoukovitch...

18-03-2015
"THE REHABILITATION OF POLITICS NEEDS MORE EUROPE"

"Manuel Valls, France's Prime Minister, declared that he was “anxious at the idea that the Front National could obtain 30 % of the votes in the departmental elections of March 22nd”. He underlined the disasters that would follow the potential election of Marine Le Pen: the return of impenetrable national borders, the French exit of the...

09-03-2015
"THE LACK OF FLEXIBILITY OF THE EUROPEAN BUDGET GOES AGAINST THE REQUIREMENTS NEEDED FOR GROWTH AND JOBS CREATION"

"Dear colleagues, At the dawn of this new budgetary procedure for 2016 I would like to make two wishes. The first one concerns our procedures. The lack of flexibility of the European budget goes against the requirements needed for growth and jobs creation. A 7-year budget, both locked and capped, cannot be an efficient and swift tool with which...

10-03-2015
"WITHOUT FISCAL AND SOCIAL REGULATIONS CONVERGENCE, IT IS USELESS TO PRETEND ESCAPING FROM INSTABILITY"

"Dear colleagues, The European Semester is a rushed response to the shock provoked by the European sovereign debt crisis, in particular in Greece. Crisis resulting from a scandalous 10-year-long absence of Eurozone government. When States agree to adopt a common currency, they have to check that the entirety of their territories constitutes an...

20-02-2015
THE DEVELOPMENT OF APPRENTICES' MOBILITY MUST BE A PRIORITY FOR THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

“AEF: On February 10th, during an intervention at the European Parliament, you called for an increased mobility for apprentices at the scale of the European Union. What is the current situation for apprentices' mobility in Europe? Jean Arthuis: It exists, but it is very limited for apprentices, as opposed to higher education students. The opportunities...