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The State of the Union – the two sides of a speech

The qualitative leap which was introduced in the European project in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis has brought higher levels of solidarity and cohesion. But there is still a long way to go. The speech of the president of the European Commission has outlined a few further steps, but many more need to be […]

Role model no more

To mark the start of the six-month EU Council presidency of Slovenia, a grandiose musical and ballet performance was arranged on Lake Bled. This reminded me of my own very first visit to Slovenia, which was also linked to music, though with a much more modest profile. As an unassuming clarinet player in the wind […]

How can we find a balance between free movement and shortages in the healthcare workforce in the EU?

In all European nations, life and health are one of the most important pillars of well-being. Indeed, health is the cultural backbone of our civilisation. Despite being cautious about a high tax burden, EU citizens want more health services of higher quality and they agree that higher health bills should be financed by general taxes […]

The European Union on better tracks, but…

The last European Council was important to put the European Union on better tracks, culminating the long and dramatic effort which was undertaken by larger European and progressive forces to respond to the current unprecedented and multidimensional crisis. Nevertheless, daunting challenges are still ahead of us. The swift implementation of the agreed policy measures will […]

We need a Europe that cares and that is seen to care

Two weeks ago, the European Commission published a highly ambitious Communication on a European Health Union. There is little doubt that the EU’s role in health will increase significantly in the near future. There should not just be more Europe, but also a better Europe at play in this crucial policy domain. We need a […]