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Latest update : 2017-09-11

EU enlargement commissioner says bloc's soft power works

The European Commissioner in charge of Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, says visa-free travel for Ukrainians is a good example of EU soft power working. "Ukrainian citizens were eager to get visa-free travel to the EU," Johannes Hahn states. "We introduced 144 criteria that had to be fulfilled." Once Ukraine had made progress on rule of law and corruption, visa-free travel was approved this May.

Commissioner Hahn also answers criticisms that the European Neighbourhood Policy has been too broad, too clunky and too slow in bringing about democratic change since it was launched in 2003.

A programme presented by Armen Georgian

Produced by Isabelle Romero

By Armen GEORGIAN

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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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