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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

    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...

  10. 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)...

  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

    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...

  15. 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...

  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

    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...

  23. 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...

  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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