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Global Europe 30-04-2020

GMF President: ‘The coronavirus is accelerating many trends that were there before’

Nationalist reactions to the spread of the coronavirus have further worsened already strained transatlantic relations. But GMF President Karen Donfried believes that the pandemic will underline the importance of cooperation. An interview from EURACTIV Germany.
Future EU 02-10-2019

Michael Ignatieff: Hungary will not be a single-party state forever

The democratic transition is not over in Central and Eastern Europe and we will continue our mission of training people and creating "free minds, people who think", Michael Ignatieff, a Canadian academic and president of the Central European University, told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Freedom of thought 19-10-2017

Scott Atran: People need purpose and meaning to embrace Europe

The European Union is not inevitable: it requires struggle and sacrifice otherwise it will die and Europeans must regain this sense of purpose, cultural anthropologist Scott Atran said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Central Europe 15-06-2017

Grabbe: Hungary’s NGO law is discriminatory

For the EU, the fear is that this legislation is coercive and inhibits the free movement of capital, former Commission official Heather Grabbe told EURACTIV Germany.
Central Europe 07-02-2017

Political analyst: Romania is undergoing a second ‘democratic’ revolution

The mass demonstrations that have swept Romania since 29 January have kicked off a social insurrection, the likes of which has not been seen since the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Octavian Milewski told Euractiv Poland.
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Attali: Europe is world’s biggest power but does not recognise it

Other world powers would be happy to see the EU fall apart. A defence union would stop this from happening and prevent Europe sliding back into conflict, Jacques Attali said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Future EU 21-12-2016

Hubert Védrine: ‘European elites showed disdain for the people’

For the Europhile elites, accepting that the people want to keep a certain identity, sovereignty and security is unthinkable, Hubert Védrine told EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France. To save the European idea, the EU should take a formal pause and reconnect with its citizens, he argues.
Global Europe 28-07-2016

The Thai junta expects people to ‘shut up and obey orders’

With under two weeks to go to Thailand’s crucial 7 August referendum on a new constitution, supposedly paving the way to a return to democracy, the ruling military junta in Bangkok has cracked down on dissent and press freedoms, making a free and fair vote impossible, says Sunai Phasuk.
Elections 20-04-2016

Ivan Krastev: Referendums cannot negotiate with each other

It is impossible that 20 % of the Dutch voters should take hostage of a common EU policy. The EU created a gifted class of intellectuals and bureaucrats and others, but they really lack a genuine political experience, Ivan Krastev told EURACTIV Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
Languages & Culture 01-12-2014

Navracsics: The ‘European literature prize can seal the gap between Western Europe and Eastern Europe’

SPECIAL REPORT: In November, 13 fiction writers received the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature. Best-known for having served in the government of Viktor Orbán, EURACTIV spoke to Commissioner Tibor Navracsics about the significance of this year’s awards, and what they personally mean to him, as a Hungarian.
Global Europe 11-09-2012

Council of Europe advisor: Reform in Arab Spring states will take time

The Council of Europe has unveiled a three-year, €4.8-million initiative aimed at strengthening democracy and human rights in the southern Mediterranean. The project by the continent’s oldest political body will attempt to assist Morocco and Tunisia in their post-Arab Spring democratic transition, by offering its experience and expertise, gleaned from over 60 years driving political reform in Europe, Pilar Morales told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 25-06-2012

Rodrigues: Eurozone crisis is reaching a new stage

The eurozone crisis is reaching a new stage. It is no longer evolving in small economies, but also in large economies, Maria João Rodrigues tells EURACTIV Slovakia.
Global Europe 20-12-2011

Parliament rapporteur: All EU countries should recognise Kosovo

Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA group), the European Parliament's rapporteur on Kosovo, urges the five EU countries that have not recognised Kosovo's independence – Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Spain – to do so. She spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Elections 09-11-2011

Council of Europe official: Ukraine rushing election reform

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission, specialised in providing constitutional advice in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, regrets that Ukraine's authorities neglect its opinions and push  their own agenda, Thomas Markert, commission's director, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 20-09-2011

Ukrainian minister: Tymoshenko’s trial is not a witch-hunt

The ongoing trial against Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is not political and EU circles should not link this issue to a possible freezing of negotiations on the Free Trade Area Agreement, said Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Elections 17-02-2011

Opposition MP: EU should be ‘careful’ with Turkey elections

The European Union should follow very closely the upcoming general elections in Turkey, which are set to be held on 12 June, as well as the political process leading up to them, Onur Öymen, vice-chair of the EU affairs committee in the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
Future EU 11-01-2011

Fidesz MEP: West is projecting its own frustrations on Hungary

Hungary is "sort of European" but not in the same way as France or Germany. Meanwhile it's very easy for the West to project its own feelings of disappointment on Budapest by claiming it is guilty, Hungarian MEP György Schöpflin (Fidesz; European People's Party) told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Med & South 14-12-2010

Lithuania Minister: Cuts to EU’s long-term budget may be necessary

Some cuts to the EU's long-term budget for the period 2014-2020 may be necessary given current financial realities, but severe cuts would reduce the European Union's capacity to act as a global player, Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Audronius Ažubalis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 17-05-2010

Nicolaïdis: Reflection group plans ‘big event’ ahead of EU summit

The Reflection Group which recently published a report about the challenges facing Europe between now and 2030 would like 2014 to be the benchmark date by which Western Balkan countries should be given firm assurances on their EU accession, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, a member of the group, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 26-05-2009

Voter survey head: EU politics ‘in danger’

The future of European politics is bleak unless politicians make an effort to change their blighted image and show more leadership, Dr. Ulrich Reinnhardt, CEO of the Stiftung für Zukunftsfragen (Foundation for Future Studies), a German think-tank, told EURACTIV in an interview. The foundation has released a comprehensive survey of European voters ahead of the June European elections.
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