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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…
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…
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 The Greeks voted for Syriza because it promised change, but they have withdrawn around €2 billion from their bank…
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…
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. 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…
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 was asking, which was a reflection of the French government’s position on the matter. Because France must take…
European citizenship at stake
In the wake of the terrorist attacks that bloodied Paris in January, we were quick to say that the values challenged were the founding values of the European Union. We believed the strong citizen mobilisation, which exceeded our borders, to be an expression of this and our national and European political, eco…
Working Groups/ Conferences
Documents to (re)discover:
-"Energy, a networked Europe - Twelve proposals for a common energy infrastructure policy" by Michel Derdevet
- Discussion papers of the Brussels Think Tank Dialogue :
- A Single European Labour Market: moving it closer?
- Revisiting energy security in turbulent times
- Three challenges for tomorrow’s EU migration policy: fairness, mobility and narratives.
- September: International investment in Europe: The canary in the coal mine? - Draft paper prepared for Confrontations Europe by Michael Gestrin
- 30 June 2014: "Lithuanian dream: an independent, open, fair and social Europe" by Algirdas Paleckis
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