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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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2018-10-15 Talking Europe

Spain's Europe minister rules out new Catalan independence referendum

Spain's European Affairs Minister, Luis Marco Aguiriano, says there will be no new regional referendum on independence for Catalonia. "If there is a referendum aimed at changing...

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2018-10-15 Talking Europe

Hungary's Orban: What consequences of symbolic EU vote?

In an unprecedented step, EU lawmakers recently voted to take action against Hungary's government for undermining fundamental EU values. Brussels accuses Budapest of breaking the...

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2018-10-08 Talking Europe

France's Europe minister: 'Chequers plan would threaten functioning of EU'

France's European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau says British Prime Minister Theresa May must change the UK's draft Withdrawal Agreement, as "the Chequers proposal would...

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2018-10-08 Talking Europe

Norwegian FM on Brexit: 'Our aim is to keep the Single Market intact'

Norway wants to keep a good relationship with the UK after Brexit – but without compromising the Single Market. So says Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide in an...

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2018-10-01 Talking Europe

Georgia: From Silk Road crossroads to EU connections (part 2)

Georgia is a place where East and West collide: a major crossing point on the ancient Silk Road, a former Soviet Republic and now one of the EU’s "neighbourhood" partners. Nearly...

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