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Zalán, Eszter

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Népszabadság - Hungary | 10/05/2012

Hollande lacks solution to Europe's problems

The winner of the French presidential election, François Hollande, pledged in his campaign to be a president for the young people of France. The left-liberal daily Népszabadság questions this promise: "At the same time Hollande announced that he would lower the retirement age from 62 to 60 years. And who will pick up the tab for that? The young, of course, whose president he wants to be. This alone makes it clear that Hollande has no miracle cure for Europe's ills. The new French president doubtless wants to fulfil a passionate and authentic social demand (no one likes having money taken out of their pocket in the name of 'austerity measures'), but he, too, has no genuine alternative to offer for now. Hollande wants to do something for European growth. Well good luck with that!"

Népszabadság - Hungary | 24/11/2011

Germany dominates EU policy

Germany is increasingly calling the shots in the European debt crisis, which means the EU has not changed at all in structural terms, the left-liberal daily Népszabadság comments: "'We must behave like the Germans', Nicolas Sarkozy said when he announced austerity measures in France at the end of October. This wasn't a joke. Against the backdrop of the crisis the European Union is increasingly being steered by Berlin. And it will probably have to be adapted to the German model to remain functional. This is making many countries nervous. In view of the rising number of technocratic governments, which are not least a consequence of German dictates, complaints about the lack of democratic controls is are gaining momentum. The critics forget, however, that the EU has always been led by the elites." 

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