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Latest update : 2017-09-11

East vs West? Lifting Europe's 'new iron curtain'

"All for one and one for all" - the famous motto of the Musketeers was supposed to apply to the 28 countries that make up the European Union too. But in recent months some major cracks have been opening up between East and West: with Hungary and Slovakia losing a legal bid to ignore EU migrant quotas; and French President Emmanuel Macron vowing to tackle abuse of the "posted workers" scheme, to cite just two examples. Some commentators are even referring to a "new iron curtain".

On this edition of Talking Europe, we're peering into some of these cracks between Eastern and Western Europe, and asking whether they can be glued back together again.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Laura Burloux

By Catherine NICHOLSON

Our guests

Jean ARTHUIS

French MEP, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats

Jacek SARYUSZ-WOLSKI

Polish MEP, Non-attached members

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

'No evidence that refugee flows per se have brought insecurity', UNHCR says

We're now three years on from the peak of the crisis in Europe over an unprecedented influx of people seeking a new life in the EU. The numbers of arrivals are drastically down,...

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

Train tickets for young people: Building a new Europe, or simply free holidays?

Summer is here in Europe, and as thoughts turn to holidays and getaways, some 15,000 18-year-olds from all around the EU are getting some good news: they've been picked to...

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Eurogroup chief Centeno: 'We need to put an end to what seems to be a trade war in the making'

This summer, there's big economic news for Europe: Greece is formally exiting its bailout programme, the ongoing trade war between the EU and the US, and plans to overhaul the...

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Maltese foreign minister: ‘We need to implement legal paths of migration into Europe’

Malta is the EU's smallest member state by size and population. It joined the bloc in 2004 and is perhaps best known around the world as a sunny Mediterranean holiday...

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2018-07-09 Catherine NICHOLSON

German MEP David McAllister: 'We need more solidarity in the EU over migrants'

Our guest is senior German MEP David McAllister, a dual British-German national and former leader of the Saxony region considered a potential successor to Angela Merkel. He...

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