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Christophe Robeet takes you to one of the 28 EU member states for a series of exclusive reports and interviews with local MEPs. Produced in partnership with the European Parliament.

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Latest update : 2014-07-02

The Swedish model: An example for Europe?

With its progressive laws, generous welfare state and green policies, Sweden is often regarded as a social laboratory for the rest of Europe. Our reporters went to Gothenburg where the municipality has decided to cut down its staff's working hours to just six – while keeping them on full pay. And we ask Green MEP Bodil Ceballos why Sweden has sued the European Commission over its failure to ban chemicals believed to cause diseases such as cancer and diabetes: the so-called endocrine disruptors.

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2014-05-03 Europe

Best of Europe Now (Part 1)

Christophe Robeet has been travelling across the EU to find out how Europeans are dealing with the current economic crisis. What he has seen is an increasingly divided continent...

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2014-06-28 immigration

The Swedish model: An example for Europe? (Part 2)

In September 2013, Sweden became the first European country to offer permanent residency to any Syrian who manages to arrive in Sweden, taking in an average of 500 refugees per...

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2014-05-31 Ukraine

Poland celebrates 10 years in EU (part 1)

It's now ten years since Poland joined the EU. Over the past decade, the former Communist state has received more than €70 billion in EU funds, helping it modernise its economy...

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2014-05-31 shale gas fracking

Poland celebrates 10 years in EU (part 2)

Poland has vowed to reduce its dependence on Russian gas in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis. But how will Warsaw achieve this goal? Environmentalists fear the country will be...

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