Günther Oettinger is simply not suitable for European Commissioner, but he gets away just because he has the support of the EPP and of Germany, MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
For Harlem Désir, the populist clamour for referendums is a threat to the European project. He said the future of the English language in the EU must be discussed, but insisted France would only gain influence by driving Europe forward.
"I know what it means to be discriminated (against)... and when I hear anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, and xenophobic speech, it’s like a bell ringing, telling people 'Please be worried'," Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
The consequences of hate speech on the Internet and through social media can be extremely serious, Snežana Samardži?-Markovi?, director general of democracy for the Council of Europe, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.