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ZEI Discussion Paper C 251 / 2019

Günther H. Oettinger: Europäische Integration aus historischer Erfahrung. Ein Zeitzeugengespräch mit Michael Gehler

ZEI Discussion Paper C 251 / 2019

Günther H. Oettinger, born in 1953 in Stuttgart, served as Prime Minister of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg from 2005 to 2010. He was European Commissioner for Energy (2010-2014) in the Barroso-Commission II. and in 2014 he also was Vice-President of the European Commission. In the Juncker-Commission, he served as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society from 2014 to 2017 and in 2017 he became Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources - a particular high challenge in the light of the Brexit-debate. In this eyewitness dialogue, he talks about his family background, his professional career and political party affiliation, the Barroso Commission II, his functions as Energy Commissioner and his experience with the difficult common European energy policy. His greatest political success was resolving the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine in September 2014. This very informative paper also deals with issues concerning the development and priorities of the European Commission and with the future of the European Union.

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