EU Budget: How the Frugal Five Can Become the Transformative Five

How can the frugal five become the transformative five? What issues concern voters the most after the recovery deal?

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Guests

Caroline de Gruyter, Europe Correspondent, NRC Handelsblad Johan Hassel, International Secretary, Social Democratic Party, Sweden Catharina Sørensen, Deputy Director, Think Tank EUROPA Hannes Swoboda, President, International Institute for Peace, Austria

Chaired by

 Susi Dennison, Director, European Power Programme, ECFR

How can the frugal five become the transformative five? What issues concern voters the most after the recovery deal?

Agenda

For leaders of frugal countries, communicating this week’s EU budget and coronavirus recovery package to their voters will be critical for their continued support of the European project. New polling released by ECFR shows that voters in frugal states are more concerned with anti-corruption over the size of the EU budget. This begs the question – how can leaders in these countries reposition themselves as agents of transformation, rather than frugality? How can the frugal five become the transformative five? What issues concern voters the most after the recovery deal? Together with our panel of political strategists and commentators, we will take stock of the European Council by examining new voter polling commissioned by ECFR in Austria, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden (plus France, Germany and Poland).

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