Interview


    • Tamas Deutsch: The EU needs to put the citizens at top of the agenda

      Tamas Deutsch: The EU needs to put the citizens at top of the agenda

      Eastern and Western European countries have a different historical background: Western Europeans had colonies in the past and partly because of this they have a different approach to migration. Deciding with whom they want to live is the right of a country and its people, this is not EU competence. If Western European countries want to force their immigration-friendly stance on Eastern European countries, this is likely to escalate tensions between the two parts of Europe, says Tamas Deutsch, Hungarian MEP, EPP, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Giles Merritt: We must challenge opportunists to say what their answers are

      Giles Merritt: We must challenge opportunists to say what their answers are

      I think that voters across Europe need to be reassured that people involved in any EU-level decisions are thinking seriously about what is going wrong. It is not enough to turn to the populists and say: “You are wrong.” I think what we should be asking them is: “What are your ideas?” Because the populists are against everything, but they don't say what they are for, says Giles Merritt, Founder and Chairman of Friends of Europe, in an interview to Europost.

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    • Andrey Novakov: EU attitudes lean towards abandoning the change of clocks

      Andrey Novakov: EU attitudes lean towards abandoning the change of clocks

      The topic is very important for EU citizens, judging by the fact that 4.6m people participated in the survey in the middle of the summer. This very fact shows that the EU should take a stand on the matter, either way. What I would like to see is a comprehensive study on the problem backed by scientific arguments. We need to find a balanced solution, and we should have a clear stance on the matter by the end of the current European Parliament's term, the MEP (EPP/GERB) says.

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    • Bernd Koelmel: Solidarity is the most misused word

      Bernd Koelmel: Solidarity is the most misused word

      We have to bring the illegal migrants back to the neighbour countries outside the EU where they entered from. That is very important in order to secure and to control migration, as every other area of the politics. It must be allowed for the EU Member States to bring back the coming migrants to the countries of their origin or countries surrounding the EU. This is what Italy needs, and not only arrangement with Germany and Austria, a German MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group says in an interview to Europost.

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    • Innovation challenge is a real moving target

      Innovation challenge is a real moving target

      InnovFin is a set of different financial products launched under Horizon 2020, EU research and innovation programme, which are all designed to fit together and cover a variety of loans, guarantees and equity-type funding, adapted to innovators' necessities.

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    • Europe needs a new renaissance

      Europe needs a new renaissance

      Europe is unarguably going through five fundamental transformations: an economic transformation; an energy and ecological transformation; a deep social transformation; a democratic and participatory transformation; and lastly, a geopolitical transition in international relations. We have to become the shapers of those transformations.

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    • EU's main priority is to end impunity for human trafficking

      EU's main priority is to end impunity for human trafficking

      I participated in the Sofia forum following the invitation of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council, and I am very pleased to see the engagement of different stakeholders on this issue. The Bulgarian National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) has been actively promoting cooperation with the Informal Network of National Anti-trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and its Secretariat.

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    • Migrant integration is two-way process

      Migrant integration is two-way process

      Our analysis looks into the legal migrants in the EU coming from third countries, who account for about 4% of the Union's population. These are foreign nationals who migrated for educational or employment purposes as well as individuals who have been provided protection as refugees, for example. Between 2014 and 2017, first-time applicants for asylum in the EU were nearly 3.7m, which is three times more compared with the previous four-year period. Meanwhile, research shows that successful migrant integration yields long-term economic, social and tax benefits for the host country.

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