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  •  Economic growth and jobs are perceived as most important topics in the ongoing election campaign by 50 % of Europeans, according to the last Eurobarometer survey, especially in Greece (81%), Latvia (68 %), Lithuania and Portugal (67 %). See the dedicated multimedia package on what Parliament has done to help the EU economy recover from the crisis and what’s at stake now.
  • The leaders may choose to take into account the names chosen by the parliamentary blocs as their so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” — or not.In any case, the election seems likely to weaken the main groups in Strasbourg, and make it harder for the centre-right EPP to push its choice.Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will back EPP candidate Manfred Weber, but French President Emmanuel Macron opposes the whole process.
  • Climate change is hugely important. But there is something just as urgent that leaders across Europe need to talk about. This is the necessity to think and act strategically if Europeans are to defend their political, economic, and trade interests. This means taking an unjaundiced look at the condition of the transatlantic relationship, the role of China, and the persistent menacing interference of Russia in the EU.
  • Governments have been proactive in their efforts to improve framework conditions and address size-related barriers for SMEs. The 36 country profiles in the OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook show that, in the OECD area, governments are focused on accelerating innovation diffusion to SMEs; ensuring SMEs keep pace with the digital transformation; engaging SMEs in upskilling; scaling-up innovation networks and MNE-SME linkages; and levelling the playing field in product markets, public procurement and ‘lead’ innovative markets.
  • The Commission president was Jose Manual Barroso, who had dutifully supported the Iraq invasion. As a Portuguese student, Barroso was a Maoist but later turned conservative. His two terms in office were not happy ones for the EU.Barroso and his colleagues in the Commission failed to spot and deal with key problems like mass immigration and the over-speedy enlargement to let in corrupt nations that were often run on the basis of a kleptocratic group, if not one-man rule.

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