News

  • Greece, or Ariane’s thread

    Following the Greferendum, Europe’s leaders are embarking on an ultimate round of talks with the Greek government. Riding high on the landslide victory of the “no” camp, Alexis Tsipras believes he is in a strong position to negotiate a better deal with Greece’s creditors. But he is standing on shaky ground. A…

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  • Greece: Vote Yes for Europe!

    After multiple pathetic episodes of despair and drama, negotiations between the EU and Greece are put on hold until Sunday’s referendum’s outcome. How did those months of Greek debt talks led to this dramatization? Responsibilities are on both sides. The economic policies applied by the Troika have led to…

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  • Interface celebrates its ten years!

    2005-2015: it has already been 10 years since Confrontations Europe started distributing Interface, its monthly newsletter, in French and English throughout Europe! In 2005, Confrontations Europe opened its office in Brussels, embodying its role as an "interface" between the civil society and the European…

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  • Greek debt: from a shared responsibility to shared efforts

    A four-month extension to the Greek aid programme was agreed on 24 February. A short respite, but the hardest part is yet to come. The Syriza government must substantiate its programme of reforms. The Greeks voted for Syriza because it promised change, but they have withdrawn around €2 billion from their bank…

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  • Capital Market Union: a long-term structuring project

    By creating a 28-member Capital Markets Union (CMU), the Commission aims to “unlock frozen capital to revitalise the economy”, according to the words of the Commissioner for Financial Services, Lord Hill. The CMU will make it easier to channel available savings into the productive economy, broaden the range o…

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  • Energy Union: coordinating supply-side policy with demand-side policy

    By comparing the Energy union to the ECSC, the Commission has voiced aspirations that fit with our own proposals[1]. But the objectives of the new project need to be discussed, especially since there is no global vision to give it coherence. The ECSC had a strategy of industrial expansion. Today, too much emp…

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PUBLICATIONS

Interface

  • Interface n°101 - July 2015

    CONTENTS INTERFACE n°101: The UK referendum and the questions it raises, by Marcel Grignard, President of Confrontations Europe Crisis: where is the next one hiding?, by Carole Ulmer, Director…

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Option

  • Option n°36: Contribution to a European investment strategy

    40 proposals for an action plan. This contribution presents a synthesis of several years of studies and 40 proposals for a action plan and political agenda, by the working groups of the think tank C…

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Books

  • Wake up, Europe!

    Wake up, Europe! is an alarm call, but it is also a book full of hope. Prefaces by Michel Rocard and Michel Barnier. Collection www.manuscrit.com EAN : 9782304043662…

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Policy Journal

  • Confrontations Europe, La Revue n°107: European Long Term Investment Conference - A new beginning for investment

    For our European Conference in December 2014, a special issue on Long term investment. Confrontations Europe hosted a European Long-Term Investment Conference (Assises européennes du long terme, or…

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MUST READ

ARTICLES / INTERVENTIONS

  • Social impact investment: testing, evaluating, debating

    In June 2013, B. Hamon asked me to represent France in a G8 task force on social impact investment. I accepted for three reasons. Because it was the Minister for the Social and Solidarity Economy who…

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  • The countries of Europe: all secular, all different!

    Throughout history, the countries of Europe have exhibited a wide diversity of state policies on religion. These policies fall into three categories. The state-religion model, characterised by the att…

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  • Learning to be brothers

    In his most recent work “Appeal for Brotherhood”, Abdennour Bidar invites us to open our eyes on ourselves and face our shared responsibilities without further excuses. The “burst of conscience” (f…

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  • Open letter to the Muslim world by Abdennour Bidar

    Extracts. Publication: 15 october 2014, Huffington Post Quebec (updated 9/01/2015). Dear Muslim world, I am watching you from France where so many of your children live today. I watch you with t…

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