Rafał Trzaskowski – sociable patriot

Starring in “Our Backyard”, a 1980 Polish children’s television series, eight-year-old Rafał Trzaskowski appeared to have a promising career as an actor in his sights. It did not work out that way. Thirty-five years later as an expert on European Union affairs, he has moved smoothly from academia to the European Parliament and on to government. Few people doubt that the Polish government’s ‘golden boy’, now 43, will rise high: the question is where – in Brussels or in Warsaw?

People & Places

Piebalgs’s advisory role

Andris Berzinš, the president of Latvia, has appointed Andris Piebalgs as a special adviser on Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the EU. Piebalgs’s experience includes being …

Latvia is probably one of the least known countries of the European Union. It is certainly one of the smallest and, unfortunately, one of the poorest. So Latvia’s presidency of the EU’s Council of Ministers, during the first half of 2015, will test its resilience and resourcefulness.

  • Latvia’s fresh start
  • Latvia was a frontrunner on reform and is now a frontrunner for growth. Its new challenge is to lead other countries towards both.

  • Latvia: stability amid the flux
  • Domestic consensus on the need for stability should prevent Latvia’s political volatility from undermining its presidency.

  • Low birth rate locks in Latvia’s demographic destiny
  • The economic downturn has also had a negative effect on the birth-rate in Latvia.

  • Latvia: populate or perish
  • The tide of young, educated Latvians leaving the country is creating a skills shortage which poses a threat to the country’s economic recovery.

  • Latvia: leading on austerity
  • Latvia’s liberalised economy has enjoyed some of the strongest growth in the eurozone, but pressure is growing on the government to improve services for citizens.


Payments: cornerstone of the digital economy

28 January 2015 - 6-7:30pm

Thon hotel EU, Brussels, BE

28 January – the debate starts at 6pm until 7.30pm followed by a networking reception. Registrations open at 5.30pm. Please make sure you arrive on time as there …

With: Jasmin Battista, Pablo Zalba Bidegain, Jim Murray, Martin Weiderstrand, Chris Kangas


EU Studies Fair 2015

6 February 2015 - 9am

Brussels, BE

EU Studies Fair 2015 – 6 & 7 February 2015 – Brussels European Voice is delighted to announce the 16th EU Studies Fair. The EU Studies Fair …