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Latest update : 2017-12-11

Readying the eurozone for future storms: EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis

Picture a house – built by different teams of workers, over several decades, and only partially finished when a powerful storm strikes. The walls and roof need reinforcing quickly to withstand the bad weather – but what do you do when the storm has passed? That’s the metaphor European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker used to paint a picture of the eurozone as it traversed the global financial crisis, and the decade of instability that ensued.

The current European Commissioner in charge of the euro was in the eye of the storm as prime minister of his home country, Latvia, during that time. Valdis Dombrovskis tells Catherine Nicholson what refurbishments and reinforcements the Commission is now planning in order to guard against future financial doldrums, particularly amid political uncertainty in Germany, and with Brexit looming large.

Produced by Isabelle Romero, Anais Guerard and Roxane Runel.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2018-09-17 Talking Europe

Former German diplomat Joachim Bitterlich: 'We cannot accept any extremism'

A former German diplomat and advisor to Helmut Kohl, Joachim Bitterlich is now an advisor to the Austrian presidency of the EU and professor at the ESCP business school in Paris....

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2018-09-17 Talking Europe

The State of the Union: Is the EU steering down the right path?

"Making our imperfect union ever more perfect": that was the stated aim of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as he delivered his final State of the Union address...

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2018-09-10 Talking Europe

Guy Verhofstadt: 'We will not change EU rules just because Britain is leaving'

No deal? No way! So says Guy Verhofstadt, a former prime minister of Belgium, and the man who heads up the EU Parliament's Brexit steering group. Verhofstadt tells FRANCE 24 why...

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2018-09-10 Talking Europe

Brexit 'no-deal' scenario: How likely - and what if?

There are just a few weeks to go until the crunch EU summit where the UK government and the European Commission are supposed to unveil their final Brexit deal. But whispers have...

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2018-08-31 Talking Europe

Finnish president talks Trump, Russia and NATO with FRANCE 24

As French President Emmanuel Macron visited Finland this week ahead of European elections in 2019, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö granted an interview to FRANCE 24. He...

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