Interview with Zepter, Bernhard

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

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Recorded in 29 May 2017 Brussels
Interview by Birte Wassenberg in English

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During this interview, Mr Zepter discussed the following topics:
- entering the Commission and Jacques Delors’ Cabinet;
- German reunification
- the atmosphere and amount of work in the Cabinet;
- the Maastricht Treaty and the Common Foreign and Security Policy;
- including the financial services in the GATT negotiations;
- the Copenhagen criteria;
- his role and work in Delors’ Cabinet;
- the monetary union;
- the Committee of Regions;
- Delors’ working method;
- leaving the Commission for the German Federal Foreign Office;
- his role as deputy General-Secretary;
- the Santer crisis;
- successive General-Secretaries;
- enlargement to the East;
- the Commission crisis;
- his transfer to Tokyo;
- the External Service;
- relations with the European Parliament;
- being G7/G8 Sherpa for external relations;
- before and after the Delors Commissions;
- present and future Europe.

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