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EUobserver / Europe's centre-right confident of staying in power

EUOBSERVER / WARSAW - The EU's largest political family, the centre-right European People's Party, concluded its party congress in Warsaw confident of victory in the June elections and rubbishing the "dangerous recipes" of the left and nationalists during the economic crisis.

At the end of a two-day marathon of political speeches and backstage talks between EU heavyweights such as Angela Merkel, Jose Manuel Barroso and Silvio Berlusconi, the EPP on Thursday (30 April) adopted its manifesto for the June elections.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was the host of the centre-right congress

Entitled "Strong for the People", the document sets out the broad strokes of their platform, to be fleshed out at the national-campaign level. The manifesto's backbone promotes a "social market" economy and offers support for the Lisbon Treaty, but also for green technologies and age-friendly employment.

At the same time, the manifesto denounces the solutions to the crisis proposed by the Socialists as an "age-old agenda of nationalisation, protectionism and permanent deficit spending," while nationalists are described as "using the crisis to advocate their well-known plans against a strong Europe."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri May 1st, 2009 at 08:35:13 AM EST
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