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    1. February 24, 2012

      Meet Europe’s new scapegoats

      On the website where Dutch people can lodge complaints about central and eastern European immigrants, the disgruntled can...

    2. June 3, 2009

      There is nothing extreme about Dutch VVD party

      From Mr Raymond Van der Putten. Sir, I was surprised to see the Dutch VVD party (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy)...

    1. November 30, 2007

      Bolkestein’s questionable arguments against Turkey

      From Mr Gordon Martin. Sir, I was surprised, and not entirely pleased, to see that you still found space, (Letters, November...

    2. November 29, 2007

      History a good corrective to Bolkestein’s foreboding

      From Mr Vitaliy Voznyak. Sir, Frits Bolkestein (Letters, November 27) argues against Turkey’s membership of the European...

    3. November 27, 2007

      Support for Turkish accession to EU would lead to a 40-member Union and to its fatal dilution

      From Mr Frits Bolkestein. Sir, The most important argument against Turkey's accession to the European Union is that it will...

    4. October 28, 2007

      Five figures central to shaping directive

      Feed “Mifid” into Google’s search engine and within a 10th of a second it has discovered 1.49m references. Type in “father...

    5. October 23, 2007

      Decision with freedom of Europe at its heart

      Article 56 of the Treaty on the Economic Community is quite peremptory: “All restrictions on the movement of capital between...

    6. Brussels Blog

      May 8, 2007

      Bolkestein's ghost

      Frankenstein’s – or rather Bolkenstein’s – monster was resurrected in Brussels on Tuesday, reopening some raw wounds. The...

    7. November 15, 2006

      It was reckless to hold out EU hopes to Turks

      From Mr Anthony Gardner. Sir, Well done to Frits Bolkestein ("Turkish entry would fatally dilute the Union", November 13)...

    8. November 14, 2006

      Services directive diluted but crucial

      In the battle for the soul of Europe, the services directive, which aims to increase competition in the services sector, has...

    9. November 14, 2006

      Remember, Europe invented total war and colonialism

      From Mr Andrew Apostolou. Sir, The most revealing part of Frits Bolkestein's article opposing Turkish membership of the...

    10. November 14, 2006

      Why Turkey must join the European family

      From Mr Gordon Martin. Sir, Frits Bolkestein's anti-Turkish tirade is a frightening display of the narrow-minded arrogance...

    11. November 14, 2006

      Have Turks a special virus to be spread in the EU?

      From Dr Gul Berna Ozcan. Sir, Frits Bolkestein's article on how Turks would dilute the European Union (November 10) is not...

    12. November 14, 2006

      Remember the views of Europe's voters

      From Mr M.J. van Veelen. Sir, I wholeheartedly agree with Frits Bolkestein's contribution (November 10). He forgets,...

    13. November 14, 2006

      Have Turks a special virus to spread in the EU?

      From Dr Gul Berna Ozcan. Sir, Frits Bolkestein's article on how Turks would dilute the European Union (November 10) is not...

    14. November 14, 2006

      Why it is essential for all concerned that Turkey must join the European family

      From Mr Gordon Martin. Sir, Frits Bolkestein's anti-Turkish tirade is a frightening display of the narrow-minded arrogance...

    15. November 14, 2006

      Bolkestein has made U-turn on this issue

      From Mr Ali Onuk. Sir, Frits Bolkestein's delusional column, "Turkish entry would fatally dilute the Union" (November 10)...

    16. November 9, 2006

      Turkish entry would fatally dilute EU

      It is called “the great train crash”. The European Union’s negotiations with Turkey are coming to the crunch. In December...

    17. May 29, 2006

      The Hirsi Ali decision shows little respect for the rule of law

      From Mr Eric Schliesser. Sir, It is a good thing that Frits Bolkestein (Letters, May 25) sets much of the record straight...

    18. May 25, 2006

      No one is forcing Dutch MP to leave the Netherlands

      From Mr Frits Bolkestein. Sir, Your May 17 edition carried two stories about Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born fighter for...

    19. April 4, 2006

      Watered down version of services directive welcomed

      Charlie McCreevy, the European Union’s single market commissioner, on Tuesday defended his decision to forge ahead with...

    20. February 23, 2006

      How the European parliament got serious

      A funny thing happened in the European parliament in Strasbourg last week. More than 600 deputies from all 25 member states...

    21. February 22, 2006

      Quentin Peel: How European parliament got serious

      A funny thing happened in the European parliament in Strasbourg last week. More than 600 deputies from all 25 member states...

    22. February 13, 2006

      Patchy reform of Europe's

      The threat of a pensions crisis blowing a hole in Europe's public finances in the next 40 years appears to be easing in...

    23. February 13, 2006

      Long-term threat of pensions crisis 'easing'

      The threat of a pensions crisis blowing a hole in Europe's public finances in the next 40 years appears to be easing in...

    24. February 12, 2006

      Long-term threat of EU pensions crisis ‘easing’

      The threat of a pensions crisis blowing a hole in Europe’s public finances in the next 40 years appears to be easing in some...

    25. June 3, 2005

      We have to sell Europe more to beat disinformation

      From Mr Roger Briesch. Sir, Contrary to what Frits Bolkestein has argued ("France's verdict tells us that Europe has been...

    26. May 30, 2005

      Verdict tells us that Europe has been oversold

      Now that the constitutional treaty has been scuttled it is time to take another look at the European Union and consider what...

    27. May 27, 2005

      Dutch braced for frantic few days after French result

      The Dutch government is bracing itself for a frantic last two days of campaigning for the European constitution if France...

    28. May 16, 2005

      EU hits resistance over company regulation plans

      The European Commission has met strong resistance against tightening the laws that regulate companies’ balance sheets, the...

    29. May 3, 2005

      Europe balks at a free market for bids

      It is widely acknowledged in financial circles that an effective guarantor of good corporate governance and effective...

    30. April 15, 2005

      Observer: Bolkestein blows a French fuse

      Plain-speaking Frits Bolkestein has found his words coming back to haunt him. Last week the former European Union...

    31. April 14, 2005

      Bolkestein blows a French fuse

      Bolkestein blows a French fuse Plain-speaking Frits Bolkestein has found his words coming back to haunt him. Last week the...

    32. April 12, 2005

      Plan for new wine tax rate faces veto

      France will today head off calls for a new minimum tax on wine in the European Union, averting a potentially damaging blow...

    33. April 11, 2005

      Plan for new wine tax rate faces veto

      France will on Tuesday head off European Union proposals for a new minimum tax on wine, a measure that could deal a mortal...

    34. April 6, 2005

      Europe needs the single market in services

      The proposal for a new European Union services directive, issued when Frits Bolkestein was single market commissioner, is...

    35. April 6, 2005

      No ‘Plan B' for France if voters reject Europe treaty

      Michel Barnier, France's foreign minister, said on Wednesday there was no “Plan B” if voters rejected the European...

    36. March 24, 2005

      Aux armes

      Chirac then raised a wry smile among cynical EU diplomats for his comment that "ultra-liberalism is the new communism"....

    37. March 4, 2005

      Row erupts in Brussels over plans to throw open EU market for services

      Charlie McCreevy, theEuropean Union internal marketcommissioner, yesterday launched an attack on both his predecessor and...

    38. February 25, 2005

      Brussels moves to allay fears over services directive

      The European Commission is prepared to make "far-reaching changes" to its proposed services directive in order to allay...

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