Interview with Verheugen, Günter

From the The European Commission 1986-2000. Memories of an institution Collection

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Recorded in 25 February 2016 Postdam
Interview by Michael Gehler and Nicolae Păun in English

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During this interview, Mr Verheugen discussed the following topics:
- his role as Commissioner for Enlargement;
- the EU’s enlargement strategy;
- the deepening of the European integration;
- the Convention on the Future of Europe;
- the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty project;
- his educational background;
- his entry to the European Commission;
- political activity of Commissioners;
- his career’s main challenges;
- connections with his home country;
- the atmosphere within the Commission;
- the evolution of the College;
- his opinion on certain personalities;
- the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification;
- his opinion on the Santer Commission;
- Romano Prodi’s Presidency;
- the Stability and Growth Pact;
- German presidencies in 1999 and 2007;
- the European Neighbourhood Policy;
- Manuel Barroso’s Presidency;
- his role as Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry;
- the NATO Eastern enlargement;
- the present performance of the EU and the future of the EU.

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