Radio 1's Europe debate is a big success

Europeans from across Europe took part in a special debate organised by the VRT Radio 1 programme 'Peeters & Pichal' on Thursday.

Europeans from across Europe took part in a special debate organised by the VRT Radio 1 programme 'Peeters & Pichal'. On the eve of the European summit in Brussels EU nationals from eleven European countries discussed a whole host of issues from the way Europe is responding to the debt crisis to the limits of solidarity among EU states.

European affairs reporter Bert Lauwers chaired the two-hour debate with excerpts going out on Radio 1. He told flandersnews that he was particularly struck by the amount of understanding participants had for people from another country:

"I expected the sparks to fly between the German and the Greek, but there was none of this. They all displayed great understanding of each other's positions and great insight in the state of affairs in Europe."

On the occasion of the Radio 1 debate European Council President Herman Van Rompuy recorded a special message. Mr Van Rompuy, a former Belgian Premier who is expected to be confirmed for a second term on Thursday night, insisted that European citizens should not blame Europe for the financial crisis:

"Europe is the basis of our prosperity. All member states require sound public finances if the European social model is to be maintained."