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TALKING EUROPE

Politicians, activists and researchers debate the issues facing the EU and a 'guest of the week' offers their insight in a long-format interview that gets to the heart of the matter. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2017-07-10

Pierre Moscovici: 'France is capable of reforming itself'

Our special guest is Pierre Moscovici, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs. The former French finance minister believes that the economic reforms wanted by the new French president and government "can be done and must be done". He says the idea that French people are resistant to change is "a bit of a cliché" and insists that France "is capable of reforming itself". He also touches on tax havens, the EU-Japan free trade deal and the Brexit negotiations.

Asked about the relationship between the two largest European powers, Pierre Moscovici points out that “Germany can invest more”. He sees "a kind of grand bargain with France on the one hand reducing its deficit, reforming its economy and society and Germany on the other agreeing to deepen eurozone integration and that means politically as well".

"In the end, there could be a eurozone budget dedicated to investment and fighting unemployment, there should be a minister of finance for the eurozone who would be a Commissioner, plus a eurozone parliament", the EU Commissioner told FRANCE 24.

Presented by Eve Irvine

Produced by Anais Guerard and Sadia Mandjo

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2018-02-03 agriculture

A fair deal for farmers: How to make agriculture pay in 2018 & beyond? (part 1)

Rolling green fields, happy animals and rosy-cheeked fruit-pickers: that's the classic storybook image of farming that many of us grow up with, but the reality is often far from...

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2017-11-26 European Union

Europeans and their food: World-beaters in tradition and traceability?

This month, Talking Europe takes a closer look at just what goes into European food – and asks whether Europe’s tight regulations are working, given the Fipronil egg scandal, as...

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2018-02-10 Slovakia

Slovakia's Europe minister on Bratislava's place in the EU and migrant quotas

This year marks 25 years since one of the countries right at the heart of Europe split in two. This was no civil war, but an event dubbed "The Velvet Revolution", which separated...

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2018-02-10 European Parliament

Equally European: Protecting the EU's minorities

Europe is a patchwork of cultures and people. But there's concern here at the European Parliament that the EU's ethnic minorities and minority languages have been somewhat...

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2018-02-03 Common Agricultural Policy

A fair deal for farmers: How to make agriculture pay in 2018 & beyond? (part 2)

Rolling green fields, happy animals and rosy-cheeked fruit-pickers: that's the classic storybook image of farming that many of us grow up with, but the reality is often far from...

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