EU Debate : JL Dehaene vs Guy Verhofstadt in QUESTIONING EUROPE '09

The VRT online news desk has organised a discussion forum ahead of the European elections, in collaboration with VRT television. Two former Belgian Prime Ministers and prominent MEP candidates field questions in the European Parliament from a group of Europeans living in Belgium.
Guy Verhofstadt: “Maybe a European army would give EU members a European identity.”

Jean-Luc Dehaene: “I am an advocate of a smaller commission.”
Jean Luc Dehaene knows his way around the European Parliament already: he has been an MEP for the past five years for the Flemish Christian democrat party CD&V.

Guy Verhofstadt is heading the European Parliament list for his Flemish liberal Open VLD party and has promised to put as much energy into his work in Europe, if he is chosen, as he did in home politics during his 8 years as Belgium Prime Minister.
The discussion forum was an initiative of flandersnews.be, flanderninfo.be, and flandreinfo.be – the English, French and German language redaction of deredactie.be. Participants in the debate come from from Ireland, UK, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.

QUESTIONING EUROPE ’09 can be seen in its entirety in English (original language), French, German and Dutch from 13.00.

Moderator of the discussion forum is Rob Heirbaut, VRT European Affairs TV journalist.
At 19.00 Flandersnews is launching its Elections ’09 website. This includes a Euro Election subsite and a subsite on the regional elections in Belgium (also on 7 June).

The themes include: 
  • A Europe for/of the People
  • A Europe in full expansion: where do Europe’s borders lie
  • Europe as a (strong) global player
  • Belgium & the EU: is Belgium a kind of test case?
QUESTIONING EUROPE ’09 is a VRT production filmed in the European Parliament. 

Follow the election campaigns here on Flandersnews.be

QUESTIONING EUROPE ’09 can be seen here in English (original language), French, German and Dutch on www.flandersnews.be, www.flandreinfo.be www.flanderninfo.be and www.deredactie.be from now through election day on 7 June. 

QUESTIONING EUROPE '09 will be broadcast on Canvas + television at 20.45 on 18 May, 2009

At 19.00 Flandersnews is launching its Elections ’09 website. This includes a Euro Election subsite and a subsite on the regional elections in Belgium (also on 7 June).