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On a mission to 'Make Social Democracy Great Again': Top MEP Udo Bullmann

It's a tumultuous time for social democracy in Europe. In France, Germany and Italy, the traditional centre-left parties have been struggling in national elections, as populist factions rise and centre-right parties strengthen government power. But that doesn't faze our guest. Veteran German MEP Udo Bullmann has just taken the reins of the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, promising during his campaign to "bring social democracy back to full strength".

The S&D, as it's more commonly known, actually won the popular vote in the last European elections – but is only the second-largest group in the EU Parliament by number of seats, due to the way the voting system works.

Udo Bullmann explains why he’s optimistic about the S&D’s chances in next year’s European elections; gives us his reaction to a proposal to tie EU funding to member states’ respect for the rule of law; and tells us what he thinks of French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for more and closer-integrated Europe in a time of widespread Euroscepticism.

 

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2018-06-18 Catherine NICHOLSON

EU ombudsman: 'Just raising an issue can be sufficient to change things'

This week, we're talking about something we all like to indulge in sometimes: complaints. The European Union is the focus of literally thousands of official ones every year....

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2018-06-18 Armen GEORGIAN

Trouble in the eurozone: New Italian government puts pressure on establishment

Italy's new government has vowed to spend on the poor and also finance tax cuts. Those spending plans have the eurozone establishment worried. Will Rome blow up the budget...

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2018-06-11 Armen GEORGIAN

EU, UN team up to empower women

Talking Europe brings you a special edition from the European Development Days, featuring the head of UN Women and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and...

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2018-06-11 Armen GEORGIAN

Oxfam chief: 'Violence against women cuts across rich and poor countries'

Talking Europe brings you a special edition from the European Development Days, sometimes called "the Davos of Development." Since its launch in 2006, the event has established...

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2018-06-04 Catherine NICHOLSON

Macedonia's defence minister on EU and NATO membership hopes

It's not a question many of us have ever had to ask ourselves: does my country have the right name? And how would I feel if someone changed it? But it's a question that's being...

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